When I judge art, I take my painting and put it next to a God made object like a tree or flower. If it clashes, it is not art.
The clear French landscape is as pure as a verse of Racine.
One does not substitute oneself for the past, one merely adds to it a new link.
My nervous system is enfeebled, only work in oils can sustain me.
The awareness of our own strength makes us modest.
Pure drawing is an abstraction. Drawing and colour are not distinct, everything in nature is coloured.
The artist makes things concrete and gives them individuality.
Is it the factitious and the conventional that most surely succeed on earth and in the course of life?
We live in a rainbow of chaos.
I want to die painting.
The truth is in nature, and I shall prove it.
For an Impressionist to paint from nature is not to paint the subject, but to realize sensations.
With a painter's temperament, all that's needed are the means of expression sufficient to be intelligible to the wide public.
We must not be content to memorize the beautiful formulas of our illustrious predecessors. Let us go out and study beautiful nature.
I have nothing to hide in art. The initial force alone can bring anyone to the end he must attain.
I allow no one to touch me.
Tell me, do you think I'm going mad? I sometimes wonder, you know.
Keep good company - that is, go to the Louvre.
The most seductive thing about art is the personality of the artist himself.
I am a pupil of Pissarro.
A thousand painters ought to be killed yearly. Say what you like: I'm every inch a painter.
I paint as if I were Rothschild.
The day is coming when a single carrot, freshly observed, will set off a revolution.
Is art really the priesthood that demands the pure in heart who belong to it wholly?
The world doesn't understand me and I don't understand the world, that's why I've withdrawn from it.