Quotes and Comments by Henri Matisse
What I dream
of is an art
of balance, of purity and serenity, devoid of
troubling or depressing subject matter, an art
that could be for every mental worker,
for the businessman
as well as the man of letters, for example,
a soothing, calming influence on the mind, something
like a good
armchair that provides relaxation from fatigue.
must possess Nature.
He must identify himself
with her rhythm, by efforts that will prepare
the mastery which will later enable him to express
himself in his own language.
Those who work
in a preconceived style, deliberately turning
their backs on nature,
miss the truth.
must recognize, when he is reasoning,
that his picture
is an artifice; but when he is painting,
he should feel
that he has copied nature. And even when he
departs from nature, he must do it with the
conviction that it is only to interpret her
I wouldn't mind turning into a vermilion goldfish.
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