ďI might work on a painting for a month, but it has too look like I painted it in a minute.Ē.
"You think because your father is rich, culture is going to stick to your ass. -- said to a student"
"Nature then, is just nature. I admit I am very impressed with it. The attitude that nature is chaotic and that the artist puts order into it is a
very absurd point of view, I think. All that we can do for is to put some order in ourselves. When a man ploughs his field at the right time, it means
'I had my own eyes, but I wasn't always looking in the right direction. I was certainly in need of a helping hand at times. Now I feel like Manet who
said, "Yes, I am influenced by everbody. But every time I put my hands in my pockets I find someone else's fingers there."'
"Flesh was the reason oil paint was invented."
"The ĎWomení had to do with the female painted through all ages, all those idols, and maybe I was stuck to a certain extent; I couldnít go on. It did one thing for me: it eliminated composition, arrangement, relationships, light Ė
all this silly talk about line, colour and form Ė because that was the thing I wanted to get hold off."
" I am always in the picture somewhere. The amount of space I use I am always in, I seem to move around in it. And there seems to be a time when I lose sight of what I wanted to do, and then I am out of it. If the picture has a
countenance I keep it. If it hasnít, I throw it away."
"Art never seems to make me peaceful or pure. I always seem to be wrapped up in the melodrama of vulgarity."
"You know the real world, this so-called real world, is just something you put up with. Like everybody else. Iím in my element when I am a little bit out of this world. Then Iím in the real world Ė Iím on the beam. Because when Iím
falling, Iím doing all right. When Iím slipping, I say: he, this is interesting. Itís when Iím standing upright that bothers me.."
"The trouble with being poor is that it takes up all your time."
"Certain artists and critics attacked me for painting the ĎWomení, but I felt that this was their problem, not mine. I donít really feel like a non-objective painter at all.. ..Itís really absurd to make an image, like a human image. With paint, today, when you think about it, since we have this problem
of doing it or not doing it. But then all of a sudden it was even more absurd not to do it. So I fear I have to follow my desires."
"I paint the way I do because I can keep on putting more and more things in Ė like drama, pain, anger, love, a figure, a horse, my ideas of space. It doesn't matter if it differs from mine, as long as it comes from the painting,
which has its own integrity and intensity."
"Not even for a million dollars would I paint a tree."
"I am an eclectic artist by choice; I can open almost any book of reproductions and find a painting I could be influenced by."
"My interest in desperation lies only in that sometimes I find myself having become desperate.
Very seldom do I start out that way. I can see of course that, in the abstract, thinking and all activity is rather desperate."
"In art, one idea is as good as another. If one takes the idea of trembling, for instance, all of a sudden most art starts to tremble. Michelangelo starts to tremble. El Greco starts to tremble.
All the Impressionists start to tremble. "
"What you do when you paint, you take a brush full of paint, get paint on the picture, and you have faith."
"What fascinates me about Van Gogh is that his sundries up everything. Maybe he was melodramatic but my point really is.. ..if you
are a painter you have to face that self-consciousness. You get dirty and pathetic; very miserable. It makes me self-conscious to
talk about it. There is something corrupt on art. Nothing do with any Ďismí but a thing in nature loses its innocence and becomes a
grotesque thing.. ..maybe this difficulty is personal with me, and maybe it is something that other painters have in common. Perhaps
it is also something of today."
"I think I'm painting a picture of two women but it may turn out to be a landscape."
"Maybe in that earlier phase I was painting the woman in me. Art isn't a wholly masculine occupation, you know."
"I'm not someone who's ever said anything definitive about his work. In my life also I have very little fixed form. I can change overnight"
"I don't paint with ideas of art in mind. I see something that excites me. It becomes my content."
"Some painters, including myself, do not care what chair they are sitting on. It does not even has to be a comfortable one. They are too nervous to find out were they ought to sit. They do not want to Ďsit in styleí. Rather they have found that painting Ė any kind of painting, any style of painting Ė to be painting at all, in fact Ė a style of living, so to speak. That is where the form of it lies.
It is exactly in its uselessness that it is free. Those artists donít want to conform. They only want to be inspired."
"I'd like to get all the colors in the world into one painting."
"I never was interested in how to make a good painting.. But to see how far one can go."
"It seems like a lot of artists, when they get older, they get simpler."
"I have to change to stay the same."
"Content is a glimpse."
"You can work and work on a painting but you can't start over again with the canvas like it was before you put that first stroke down. And sometimes, in the end, it's no good, no
matter what you do. But with clay, I cover it with a wet cloth and come back to it the next morning and if
I don't like what I did, or I changed my mind, I can break it down and start over again. It's always fresh."
"The main thing is that art is a way of living - it's the way I live. It's not programmatic."
"It is so satisfying to do something that has been done for 30,000 years the world over."
"Whatever an artistís personal feelings are, as soon as an artist fills a certain area on the canvas or circumscribes it, he becomes historical. He acts from or upon other artists."
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