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    We ought to view ourselves with the same curiosity and openness with which we study a tree, the sky or a thought, because we too are linked to the entire universe.
    — Henri Matisse
    Slowly I discovered the secret of my art. It consists of a meditation on nature, on the expression of a dream which is always inspired by reality. With more involvement and regularity, I learned to push each study in a certain direction. Little by little the notion that painting is a means of expression asserted itself, and that one can express the same thing in several ways. Exactitude is not truth, Delacroix liked to say.
    — Henri Matisse
    Colours have their own distinctive beauty that you have to preserve, just as in music you try to preserve sounds. It is a question of organization, of finding the arrangement that will keep the beauty and freshness of the colour
    — Henri Matisse
    tags: beauty  questions  music 
     
    Creation begins with vision.
    — Henri Matisse
    tags: creation  vision 
     
    I never retouch a sketch: I take a canvas the same size, as I may change the composition somewhat. But I always strive to give the same feeling, while carrying it on further.
    — Henri Matisse
    Art is an escape from reality.
    — Henri Matisse
    tags: reality 
     
    It is my dream to create an art which is filled with balance, purity and calmness, freed from a subject matter that is disconcerting or too attention-seeking. In my paintings, I wish to create a spiritual remedy, similar to a comfortable armchair which provides rest from physical expectation for the spiritually working, the businessman as well as the artist.
    — Henri Matisse
    A certain blue enters your soul. A certain red has an effect on your blood-pressure.
    — Henri Matisse
    tags: soul 
     
    My pictures are made up of four or five colors that collide with one another"
    — Henri Matisse
    Cezanne, you see, is a sort of God of painting.
    — Henri Matisse
    tags: god  painting 
     
    The essential thing is to work in a state of mind that approaches prayer.
    — Henri Matisse
    tags: work  prayer  mind 
     
    When I paint green, it doesn't mean grass; when I paint blue, it doesn't mean sky.
    — Henri Matisse
    tags: sky 
     
    Ever since there have been men, man has given himself over to too little joy. That alone, my brothers, is our original sin. I should believe only in a God who understood how to dance.
    — Henri Matisse
    tags: men  joy  believe  alone  god  sin  dance 
     
    Don't try to be original. Be simple. Be good technically, and if there is something in you, it will come out.
    — Henri Matisse
    Nothing can be accomplished without love.
    — Henri Matisse
    Drawing is putting a line around an idea.
    — Henri Matisse
    tags: ideas 
     
    There are always flowers for those who want to see them.
    — Henri Matisse
    tags: flowers 
     
    An artist is an explorer. He has to begin by self-discovery and by observation of his own procedure. After that he must not feel under any constraint.
    — Henri Matisse
    tags: artist 
     
    Don't wait for inspiration. It comes while one is working.
    — Henri Matisse
    Color was not given to us in order that we should imitate Nature. It was given to us so that we can express our emotions.
    — Henri Matisse
    tags: nature  emotion 
     
    Creative people are curious, flexible, and independent with a tremendous spirit and a love of play.
    — Henri Matisse
    tags: people  spirit  creative 
     
    When I started to paint I felt transported into a kind of paradise... In everyday life I was usually bored and vexed... Starting to paint I felt gloriously free...
    — Henri Matisse
    I have to create an object which resembles the tree. The sign for a tree, and not the sign that other artists may have found for the tree.
    — Henri Matisse
    tags: artist 
     
    All my efforts go into creating an art that can be understood by everyone.
    — Henri Matisse
    Derive happiness in oneself from a good day's work, from illuminating the fog that surrounds us.
    — Henri Matisse
    tags: happiness  work  oneself 
     
    It is with color that you render light, though you must also feel this light, have it within yourself.
    — Henri Matisse
    I'm growing old, I delight in the past.
    — Henri Matisse
    tags: past 
     
    Purer colors... have in themselves, independently of the objects they serve to express, a significant action on the feelings of those who look at them.
    — Henri Matisse
    tags: action 
     
    Seek for the boldest color possible, content is irrelevant.
    — Henri Matisse
    The effort to see things without distortion takes something like courage and this courage is essential to the artist, who has to look at everything as though he saw it for the first time.
    — Henri Matisse
    tags: time  courage  artist 
     
    Art should be something like a good armchair in which to rest from physical fatigue.
    — Henri Matisse
    It would be a mistake to ascribe this creative power to an inborn talent. In art, the genius creator is not just a gifted being, but a person who has succeeded in arranging for their appointed end, a complex of activities, of which the work is the outcome. The artist begins with a vision - a creative operation requiring an effort. Creativity takes courage.
    — Henri Matisse
    With greater completeness and abstraction, I have attained a form filtered to its essentials.
    — Henri Matisse
    When an artist or student draws a nude figure with painstaking care, the result is drawing, and not emotion.
    — Henri Matisse
    tags: emotion  care  artist 
     
    Truth and reality in art do not arise until you no longer understand what you are doing and are capable of but nevertheless sense a power that grows in proportion to your resistance.
    — Henri Matisse
    tags: truth  reality  power 
     
    If people knew what Matisse, supposedly the painter of happiness, had gone through, the anguish and tragedy he had to overcome to manage to capture that light which has never left him, if people knew all that, they would also realize that this happiness, this light, this dispassionate wisdom which seems to be mine, are sometimes well-deserved, given the severity of my trials.
    — Henri Matisse
    To look at something as though we had never seen it before requires great courage.
    — Henri Matisse
    tags: courage 
     
    I've been forty years discovering that the queen of all colors is black.
    — Henri Matisse
    tags: black  year 
     
    It is not enough to place colors, however beautiful, one beside the other; colors must also react on one another. Otherwise, you have cacophony.
    — Henri Matisse
    tags: beautiful 
     
    My choice of colors does not rest on any scientific theory; it is based on observation, on feeling, on the experience of my sensibility. Inspired by certain pages of Delacroix, an artist like Signac is preoccupied with complementary colors, and the theoretical knowledge of them will lead him to use a certain tone in a certain place. But I simply try to put down colors which render my sensation.
    — Henri Matisse
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