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Buy old masters. They fetch a better price than old mistresses.
Every time I paint a portrait I lose a friend.
There is nothing more difficult for a truly creative painter than to paint a rose, because before he can do so he has first to forget all the roses that were ever painted.
If you could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.
Everyone wants to understand painting. Why don't they try to understand the singing of birds? People love the night, a flower, everything that surrounds them without trying to understand them. But painting - that they must understand.
I cannot pretend to feel impartial about colours. I rejoice with the brilliant ones and am genuinely sorry for the poor browns.
I hope with all my heart there will be painting in heaven.
Painting is a blind man's profession. He paints not what he sees, but what he feels, what he tells himself about what he has seen.
Painting, n: the art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather and exposing them to the critic.
To say to the painter that Nature is to be taken as she is, is to say to the player that he may sit on the piano.
I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them.
The idea is in my head; to put it down is nothing.
There are three kinds of people in the world: those who can't stand Picasso, those who can't stand Raphael and those who've never heard of either of them.
I dream my painting, and then I paint my dream.
For me, painting is a way to forget life. It is a cry in the night, a strangled laugh.
Landscape painting is the obvious resource of misanthropy.
I paint from the top down. First the sky, then the mountains, then the hills, then the houses, then the cattle, and then the people.
A good painter is to paint two main things, namely men and the working of man's mind.
I do not paint a portrait to look like the subject, rather does the person grow to look like his portrait.
All colours are the friends of their neighbours and the lovers of their opposites.
The purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love colour the most.
Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.
Sir, when their backsides look good enough to slap, there's nothing more to do.
A painter who has the feel of breasts and buttocks is saved.
Some day they will know what I mean.
Modern art is what happens when painters stop looking at girls and persuade themselves they have a better idea.
When I look at a painting it isn't only the painting that I see but the thing that I am. If there is more in the painting than I am, then I won't see it.


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