Henri Matisse Quotes

"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."

"Impressionism is the newspaper of the soul."

“I don't paint things. I only paint the difference between things.”

"I have been no more than a medium, as it were."

"Drawing is like making an expressive gesture with the advantage of permanence."

"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."

"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."

"The hardest thing for a creative artist to paint is a rose, because before the artist can paint the rose he must forget about all the roses he's ever seen."