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Henri Matisse

Read through the most famous quotes from Henri Matisse

Creativity takes courage.

— Henri Matisse

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To look at something as though we had never seen it before requires great courage.

— Henri Matisse


You must forget all your theories, all your ideas before the subject. What part of these is really your own will be expressed in your expression of the emotion awakened in you by the subject.

— Henri Matisse

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The importance of an artist is to be measured by the quantity of new signs which he has introduced to the language of art.

— Henri Matisse

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From the moment I held the box of colors in my hands, I knew this was my life. I threw myself into it like a beast that plunges towards the thing it loves.

— Henri Matisse

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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.

— Henri Matisse

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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.

— Henri Matisse

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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.

— Henri Matisse

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Impressionism is the newspaper of the soul.

— Henri Matisse

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Drawing is like making an expressive gesture with the advantage of permanence.

— Henri Matisse

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About Henri Matisse

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Did you know about Henri Matisse?

Where Renoir Cézanne Matisse and Picasso's works dominated Leo and Gertrude Stein's collection Sarah Stein's collection particularly emphasized Matisse. Matisse immersed himself in the work of others and went into debt from buying work from painters he admired. The work he hung and displayed in his home included a plaster bust by Rodin a painting by Gauguin a drawing by van Gogh and Cézanne's Three Bathers.

He was a draughtsman printmaker and sculptor but is known primarily as a painter. Matisse is commonly regarded along with Pablo Picasso and Marcel Duchamp as one of the three artists who helped to define the revolutionary developments in the plastic arts in the opening decades of the 20th century responsible for significant developments in painting and sculpture.

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