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Artists' viewpoints

In this tiny section which will be growing after each new update, a short commentary or witty opinion, written or told by an artist will be suggested. To think about it for pleasure and fun!

  • December 2023 - Frida Khalo

    Surrealism is the magical surprise of finding a lion in a closet, where we were sure to find shirts.

  • June 2023 - Léonard De Vinci

    He who loves goes to the thing loved as the senses go to the sensible thing.

  • March 2023 - Julius Bissier

    The work must come of itself. All the voluntarist impulses are absolutely useless and all the experience accumulated in fifty years is useless if the work does not «come».

  • December 2022 - Gustave Courbet

    Honour is not in titles or ribbons. It is in the acts and in the motives of the acts. Gustave Courbet

  • September 2022 - Erik Dietman

    If knowing how to draw is not essential for a grocer, for an artist it is a must! Erik Dietman

  • June 2022 - Saul Steinberg

    It was a great consternation when I shaved my mustache. I got people to use their eyes again. They did not want to look; they had an image of me and they were content with it. 

  • March 2022 - Henri Cartier-Bresson

    I don't take photographs any more, I prefer to draw, it goes further... Photography is an immediate action, drawing a meditation. Henri Cartier-Bresson

  • December 2021 - Kazimir Malevich

    If a painter makes a portrait, he makes above all the portrait of painting; he is concerned, not with the portrait, but with pictorial culture... Kazimir Malevich

  • September 2021 - Philip Guston

    The worst thing in the world is to judge. What I always try to do is eliminate the gap between thinking and doing. Philip Guston

    The worst thing in the world is to judge. What I always try to do is eliminate the gap between thinking and doing. Philip Guston

  • June 2021 - Georges Rouault

    Everything is imponderable in the regions where the artist ventures, but there reigns an order more true than that of the controller of weights and measures.

  • February 2021 - Roger Bissière

    I forgot a lot of unnecessary things. I learned some essential things. Maybe I learned to look inside myself. Roger Bissière

  • November 2020 - Geer Van Velde

    The eye don't have all the rights; it must leave the part to the intuition and the intelligence, making itself alternately a boost. Geer Van Velde

  • September 2020 - Amedeo Modigliani

    I want to be a violin string that smells the master's melody and breaks. Amedeo Modigliani

  • April 2020 - Niki de Saint-Phalle

    I imagined the paint bleeding. Hurt the way people can be hurt. For me painting became a person with feelings and sensations. Niki de Saint Phalle

  • February 2020 - Le Corbusier

    To be sensitive is to be conscious, the opposite of what we want to attribute to sensitivity. Le Corbusier

  • October 2019 - Mark Rothko

    Art always conceals evocations of the mortal condition. Mark Rothko

  • July 2019 - Yves Klein

    I painted monochrome surfaces to see with my eyes to see, what the absolute had visible. Yves Klein

  • April 2019 - Paul Klee

    Art does not reproduce the visible, it makes visible. Paul Klee

  • February 2019 - Nicolas Poussin

    Art does not reproduce the visible, it makes visible. Paul Klee

  • November 2018 - Paul Cézanne

    The one who has no taste for the absolute settles for quiet mediocrity. Paul Cézanne

  • September 2018 - Alberto Giacometti

    The great adventure is to see something unknown appear, every day, in the same face. Alberto Giacometti

  • May 2018 - Paul Eluard

    There is no chance, there are only meetings. Paul Eluard

  • February 2018 - Jean Arp

    The artist is a creator, he decides, he returns the better man, looks after the garden of the intentions, orders. Jean Arp

  • December 2017 - Dali

    Do not be afraid of perfection, you will never reach it. Salvador Dali

  • October 2017 - Zao Wou Ki

    To be an artist it invents every day: it is a lifestyle. You should not be original, but unique. Zao Wou Ki

  • July 2017 - Andy Warhol

    I like being the right person in the wrong place and the wrong person in the right place. Andy Warhol

  • May 2017 - Marcel Duchamp

    More the criticism is hostile, more the artist should be encouraged. Marcel Duchamp

  • February 2017 - Edgar Degas

    The drawing is not the shape, it is the way of seeing the shape. Edgar Degas

  • November 2016 - Edward Hopper

    If you can say it with words, there is no reason for painting it. Edward Hopper

  • September 2016 - Roger de la Fresnaye

    We are always influenced. Follower, we imitate, innovator, we still imitate by modifying. Roger de la Fresnaye

  • May 2016 - Pierre Soulages

    It is what I find who tells me for what I look. Pierre Soulages

  • February 2016 - Emile Bernard

    I consider that the work is a sufficientt enjoyment in itselfnot to wish for the approval or for the praise. Emile Bernard

  • November 2015 - Maurice Denis

    I imagine rather clearly the role of a painting in the decoration of the modern house. Maurice Denis

  • September 2015 - Francis Bacon

    For me painting is just happening like an accident. I can conceive it but I almost never reach out what I had planned. Francis Bacon

  • July 2015 - Claude Monet

    I am lost if I spend more than a quarter of an hour by letting me guide by what I see. Claude Monet

  • April 2015 - Edvard Munch

    We cannot paint eternally women who knit and men who read. Edvard Munch.

  • February 2015 - Francis Picabia

    It is necessary to be nomadic, to cross the ideas as we cross cities and streets. Francis Picabia

  • November 2014 - Jean Tinguely

    The art is insane and - as everything - not meaningless. Jean Tinguely

  • September 2014 - Vincent Van Gogh

    When one will say it is too quickly done, you can answer back that they saw too hastily. Van Gogh

  • July 2014 - De Staël

    When my painting becomes good, I always feel that a big part is fate, and then I feel a dizziness or a chance. Nicolas de Staël

  • April 2014 - Gustave Klimt

    What matters to me, is not to how many people a painting appeals, but to whom.

  • February 2014 - Wassily Kandinsky

    Beautiful is what proceeds of an internal necessity of the soul. Is beautiful what is beautiful inside.

  • November 2013 - Eduardo Chillida

    I have never looked for beauty. But when we make decent things like they have to be, then beauty can happen.

  • September 2013 - Matisse

    We cannot refrain from aging, but we can refrain from becoming old. Henri Matisse

  • Juin 2013 - Henri Michaux

    There is no proof that the flea, which lives on the mouse, is afraid of the cat.

  • April 2013 - Cézanne

  • Janvier 2013 - César

    If I think, I never got anything, otherwise I would have stopped.

  • November 2012 - David Hockney

    « From the moment you cheat out of consideration for the beauty, you know that you are an artist. » David Hockney

  • Septembre 2012 - Antoni Tapies

    « To better know how to love, you must first hate the enemy with even greater force. » Antoni Tapiès

  • Juin 2012 - René Magritte

    « All that I desire is to be enriched by intensely exiciting new thoughts. » René Magritte

  • April 2012 - Man Ray

    Smile because your teeth are not just made ​​for eating or biting.

  • Février 2012 - Georges Braque

    You should not ask to the artist more that he cannot give, nor to the critic more that he cannot see. Georges Braque

  • December 2011 - Jean Cocteau

    There are few precursors, there are many latecomers. Jean Cocteau

  • Octobre 2011 - Max Ernst

       If the feathers make the plumage, it is not the glue that makes the collage. Max Ernst

  • July 2011 - Friedensreich Hundertwasser

    If several people dream together, it is the beginning of a reality!

  • May 2011 - Pol Bury

    "The weight of the Earth does not prevent birds from flying."

  • February 2011 - Pablo Picasso

    "Certain painters transform the sun into a yellow point, others transform a yellow point into sun."

  • December 2010 - Asger Jorn

    "There are more things in the ground of a painting than in the sky of the esthetic theory."

  • October 2010 - Jean Dubuffet

  • July 2010 - Gaston Chaissac

    "I will never be a serious rival for anyone. I have other fish to fry."