In the beginning you must subject yourself to the influence of nature. You must be able to walk firmly on the ground before you start walking on a tightrope.
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.
It has bothered me all my life that I do not paint like everybody else.
I would like to recapture that freshness of vision which is characteristic of extreme youth when all the world is new to it.
There are always flowers for those who want to see them.
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 don't paint things. I only paint the difference between things.
Impressionism is the newspaper of the soul.
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.
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.
An artist must possess Nature. He must identify himself with her rhythm, by efforts that will prepare the mastery which will later enable him to express himself in his own language.