Painting is easy when you don't know how, but very difficult when you do.
Only when he no longer knows what he is doing does the painter do good things
Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.
It is all very well to copy what one sees, but it is far better to draw what one now only sees in one's memory. That is a transformation in which imagination collaborates with memory.
Everyone has talent at twenty-five. The difficulty is to have it at fifty.
What a delightful thing is the conversation of specialists! One understands absolutely nothing and it's charming.
One must do the same subject over again ten times, a hundred times. In art nothing must resemble an accident, not even movement.
No art is less spontaneous than mine. What I do is the result of reflection and the study of the great masters.
Art is vice. You don't marry it legitimately, you rape it.
In painting you must give the idea of the true by means of the false
Monet's pictures are always too draughty for me.
I want to be famous but unknown!
Art is vice. You don't wed it, you rape it.
A painting requires a little mystery, some vagueness, and some fantasy. When you always make your meaning perfectly plain you end up boring people
People call me the painter of dancing girls. It has never occurred to them that my chief interest in dancers lies in rendering movement and painting pretty clothes.