In the past I have never thought about loneliness when working, and I don't think about it now. Yet there must be a reason for the fact that so many people talk about it.
When you look at art made by other people, you see what you need to see in it.
All the sculptures of today, like those of the past, will end one day in pieces... So it is important to fashion ones work carefully in its smallest recess and charge every particle of matter with life.
Artistically I am still a child with a whole life ahead of me to discover and create. I want something, but I won't know what it is until I succeed in doing it.
Only reality interests me now and I know I could spend the rest of my life in copying a chair.
In every work of art the subject is primordial, whether the artist knows it or not. The measure of the formal qualities is only a sign of the measure of the artist's obsession with his subject; the form is always in proportion to the obsession.
I've been fifty thousand times to the Louvre. I have copied everything in drawing, trying to understand.
I don't know if I work in order to do something, or in order to know why I can't do what I want to do.
All I can do will only ever be a faint image of what I see and my success will always be less than my failure or perhaps equal to the failure.
I've tried doing so, for it was never my intention to paint only with gray. But in the course of my work I have eliminated one color after another, and what has remained is gray, gray, gray!
That's the terrible thing: the more one works on a picture, the more impossible it becomes to finish it.