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Henri Matisse Quotes

“Creativity takes courage.”


“There are always flowers for those who want to see them.”


“I have always tried to hide my efforts and wished my works to have a light joyousness of springtime.”


“An artist must never be a prisoner. Prisoner? An artist should never be a prisoner of himself, prisoner of style, prisoner of reputation, prisoner of success.”


“What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity, devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter.”

Henri Matisse Quotes

“I do not literally paint that table, but the emotion it produces upon me.”


“Art should be something like a good armchair in which to rest from physical fatigue.”


“I have been no more than a medium, as it were.”


“There is nothing more difficult for a truly creative painter than to paint a rose, because before he can do so, he has first to forget all the roses that were ever painted.”


“Drawing is like making an expressive gesture with the advantage of permanence.”


“The artist is not a different kind of person, but every person is a different kind of artist.”


“What I am after, above all, is expression.”


“I have been no more than a medium, as it were.”


“I don’t paint things. I only paint the difference between things.”

Henri Matisse Quotes
The Knife Thrower, from: Jazz, 1947, Henri Matisse

“A thimbleful of red is redder than a bucketful.”


“Derive happiness in oneself from a good day’s work, from illuminating the fog that surrounds us.”


“A picture must possess a real power to generate light and for a long time now I’ve been conscious of expressing myself through light or rather in light.”


“I’ve been forty years discovering that the queen of all colours was black.”


“My curves are not crazy.”


“You study, you learn, but you guard the original naivete. It has to be within you, as desire for drink is within the drunkard or love is within the lover.”