You study, you learn, but you guard the original naivete. It has to be within you, as desire for drink is within the drunkard or love is within the lover.
A picture must possess a real power to generate light and for a long time now I've been conscious of expressing myself through light or rather in light.
Impressionism is the newspaper of the soul.
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.
I have been no more than a medium, as it were.
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.
Drawing is like making an expressive gesture with the advantage of permanence.
I have always tried to hide my efforts and wished my works to have the light joyousness of springtime which never lets anyone suspect the labors it has cost me.
I don't paint things. I only paint the difference between things.
There are always flowers for those who want to see them.
Derive happiness in oneself from a good day's work, from illuminating the fog that surrounds us.
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.
I'm growing old, I delight in the past.
An artist must never be a prisoner. Prisoner? An artist should never be a prisoner of himself, prisoner of style, prisoner of reputation, prisoner of success, etc.
In art, truth and reality begin when one no longer understands what one is doing or what one knows, and when there remains an energy that is all the stronger for being constrained, controlled and compressed.