Shadow is a colour as light is, but less brilliant; light and shadow are only the relation of two tones.
Is it the factitious and the conventional that most surely succeed on earth and in the course of life?
We must not be content to memorize the beautiful formulas of our illustrious predecessors. Let us go out and study beautiful nature.
With a painter’s temperament, all that’s needed are the means of expression sufficient to be intelligible to the wide public.
The world doesn’t understand me and I don’t understand the world, that’s why I’ve withdrawn from it.
Here, on the river’s verge, I could be busy for months without changing my place, simply leaning a little more to right or left.
I could paint for a hundred years, a thousand years without stopping and I would still feel as though I knew nothing.
You say a new era in art is preparing; you sensed it coming; continue your studies without weakening. God will do the rest.
I must be more sensible and realize that at my age, illusions are hardly permitted and they will always destroy me.
Doubtless there are things in nature which have not yet been seen. If an artist discovers them, he opens the way for his successors.
Pure drawing is an abstraction. Drawing and colour are not distinct, everything in nature is coloured.
When I judge art, I take my painting and put it next to a God made object like a tree or flower. If it clashes, it is not art.