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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 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."