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Henri Matisse



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

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    I don't paint things. I only paint the difference between things.

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    Time extracts various values from a painter's work. When these values are exhausted the pictures are forgotten, and the more a picture has to give, the greater it is.

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

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    It is only after years of preparation that the young artist should touch color - not color used descriptively, that is, but as a means of personal expression.

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    A distinction is made between painters who work directly from nature and those who work purely from imagination. Personally, I think neither of these methods must be preferred to the exclusion of the other. Both may be used in turn by the same indivi

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    A young woman has young claws, well sharpened. If she has character, that is. And if she hasn't so much the worse for you.

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    What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter - a soothing, calming influence on the mind, rather like a good armchair which provides relaxation from physical fatigue.

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