The history of modern art is also the history of the progressive loss of art's audience. Art has increasingly become the concern of the artist and the bafflement of the public.
There is always a heavy demand for fresh mediocrity. In every generation the least cultivated taste has the largest appetite.
In art, all who have done something other than their predecessors have merited the epithet of revolutionary; and it is they alone who are masters.
Life being what it is, one dreams of revenge.
I shut my eyes in order to see.
In art, one idea is as good as another. If one takes the idea of trembling, for instance, all of a sudden most art starts to tremble. Michelangelo starts to tremble. El Greco starts to tremble. All the Impressionists start to tremble.
Civilization is what makes you sick.
It is the eye of ignorance that assigns a fixed and unchangeable color to every object; beware of this stumbling block.
Life is hardly more than a fraction of a second. Such a little time to prepare oneself for eternity!
Concentrate your strengths against your competitor's relative weaknesses.
Color which, like music, is a matter of vibrations, reaches what is most general and therefore most indefinable in nature: its inner power.
Art is either revolution or plagiarism
Many people say that I don't know how to draw because I don't draw particular forms. When will they understand that execution, drawing and color (in other words, style) must be in harmony with the poem?
In art, there are only two types of people: revolutionaries and plagiarists. And in the end, doesn't the revolutionary's work become official, once the State takes it over?
A time will come when people will think I am a myth, or rather something the newspapers have made up.
Life has no meaning unless one lives it with a will, at least to the limit of one's will. Virtue, good, evil are nothing but words, unless one takes them apart in order to build something with them; they do not win their true meaning until one knows how to apply them.
Nature has mysterious infinities and imaginative power. It is always varying the productions it offers to us. The artist himself is one of nature's means.
Art is either plagiarism or revolution.
Art requires philosophy, just as philosophy requires art. Otherwise, what would become of beauty?
Many excellent cooks are spoilt by going into the arts.
With this painting, I tried to make everything breathe faith, quiet suffering, religious and primitive style and great nature with its scream.
I must confess that I too am a woman and that I am always prepared to applaud a woman who is more daring than I, and is equal to a man in fighting for freedom of behavior.
A young man who is unable to commit a folly is already an old man.
A great sentiment can be rendered immediately. Dream on it and look for the simplest form in which you can express it.
Stressing output is the key to improving productivity, while looking to increase activity can result in just the opposite.