Henri Matisse Quotes

I have always sought to be understood and, while I was taken to task by critics or colleagues, I thought they were right, assuming I had not been clear enough to be understood. This assumption allowed me to work my whole life without hatred and even without bitterness toward criticism, regardless of its source. I […]

Whoever wishes to devote himself to painting should begin by cutting out his own tongue.

It has bothered me all my life that I do not paint like everybody else.

I don’t paint things. I only paint the difference between things.

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.