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Matisse was very clear about saying that you have to
by Howard Hodgkin

Matisse was very clear about saying that you have to
blow your own trumpet and explain yourself,
which I think has been slightly forgotten.
- Howard Hodgkin

I look at my pictures, and I think, 'Well,
how did I do that?'
- Howard Hodgkin

A collection makes its own demands.
Many artists have been collectors.
I think of it rather as an illness.
I felt it was using up too much energy.
- Howard Hodgkin

My language is what I use, and if I lost that,
I wouldn't be able to say anything.
- Howard Hodgkin

 

I don't think you can lightly paint a picture.
It's an activity I take very seriously.
- Howard Hodgkin

I am isolated as an artist, not as a person.
- Howard Hodgkin

I'm vulnerable to criticism.
Any artist is, because you work alone in your studio and,
until recently, critics were the only way you'd get any feedback.
- Howard Hodgkin

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The picture surface recedes just as much in the 20th
century as it did in the 15th.
The techniques of making pictures have hardly changed.
- Howard Hodgkin

You keep on balancing and balancing and balancing until the picture wins,
because then the subject's turned into the picture.
- Howard Hodgkin

In the United States there has been a kind of a structure in the Modern art world.
The New York School was nearly a coherent thing-for a minute.
- Howard Hodgkin

Collecting has been my great extravagance.
It's a way of being.
I collect for the same reason that I eat too much-I'm
one of nature's shoppers.
- Howard Hodgkin

My friends tend to be writers.
I think writers and painters are really all the same-we just sit in our rooms.
- Howard Hodgkin

I'm very envious of the few artists who are any good and still do portraits.
- Howard Hodgkin

I think that words are often extraneous to what I do.
- Howard Hodgkin

I fell through a crack for years.
Historically, I am a nothing because I fit in no category.
I can only be me.
- Howard Hodgkin

When I finish a painting, it usually looks as surprising to me as to anyone else.
- Howard Hodgkin

I find old copies of National Gallery catalogues,
which are written in the dryest possible prose,
infinitely soothing.
- Howard Hodgkin

I want my pictures to be things.
I want them to be made up of marks that are physically
and individually self-sufficient.
- Howard Hodgkin

I hate painting.
- Howard Hodgkin

In England, it's thought to be morally suspect to worry
about what your surroundings look like.
- Howard Hodgkin

A painting is finished when the subject comes back,
when what has caused the painting to be made comes back as an object.
- Howard Hodgkin

I think words come between the spectator and the picture.
- Howard Hodgkin

I once was interviewed and got so exasperated that I said,
'What do you want, a shopping list?' They kept asking,
'What's in this picture?'
- Howard Hodgkin

I don't look at the work of my contemporaries very much;
I tend to look at pictures by dead artists.
It's much easier to get near their paintings.
- Howard Hodgkin

I am happy for people to talk about my pictures,
but I wish devoutly that I was not expected to talk about them myself.
- Howard Hodgkin

I don't really have a historical overview of my work at all.
I'm not an art historian.
I don't see that there's this period and that period.
- Howard Hodgkin

I don't paint things.
I only paint the difference between things.
- Henri Matisse

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

There are always flowers for those who want to see them.
- Henri Matisse

Time extracts various values from a painter's work.
When these values are exhausted the pictures are forgotten,
and the more a picture has to give, the greater it is.
- Henri Matisse

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

Work cures everything.
- Henri Matisse

I do not literally paint that table,
but the emotion it produces upon me.
- Henri Matisse

You study, you learn, but you guard the original naivete.
It has to be within you, as desire for drink is within
the drunkard or love is within the lover.
- Henri Matisse

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

A young woman has young claws, well sharpened.
If she has character, that is.
And if she hasn't so much the worse for you.
- Henri Matisse

Creativity takes courage.
- Henri Matisse

Jazz is rhythm and meaning.
- Henri Matisse

I would like to recapture that freshness of vision
which is characteristic of extreme youth when all the world is new to it.
- Henri Matisse

Derive happiness in oneself from a good day's work,
from illuminating the fog that surrounds us.
- Henri Matisse

A picture must possess a real power to generate light
and for a long time now I've been conscious of expressing
myself through light or rather in light.
- Henri Matisse

Impressionism is the newspaper of the soul.
- Henri Matisse

With color one obtains an energy that seems to stem from witchcraft.
- Henri Matisse

It has bothered me all my life that I do not paint like everybody else.
- Henri Matisse

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

My curves are not crazy.
- Henri Matisse

I'm growing old, I delight in the past.
- Henri Matisse

I have been no more than a medium, as it were.
- Henri Matisse

He who loves, flies, runs, and rejoices;
he is free and nothing holds him back.
- Henri Matisse

Exactitude is not truth.
- Henri Matisse

In love, the one who runs away is the winner.
- Henri Matisse

Instinct must be thwarted just as one prunes the branches
of a tree so that it will grow better.
- Henri Matisse

I have always tried to hide my efforts and wished my
works to have a light joyousness of springtime which
never lets anyone suspect the labors it has cost me.
- Henri Matisse

In the beginning you must subject yourself to the influence of nature.
You must be able to walk firmly on the ground before
you start walking on a tightrope.
- Henri Matisse

Cutting into color reminds me of the sculptor's direct carving.
- Henri Matisse

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.
- Henri Matisse

I wouldn't mind turning into a vermilion goldfish.
- Henri Matisse

I don't know whether I believe in God or not.
I think, really, I'm some sort of Buddhist.
But the essential thing is to put oneself in a frame
of mind which is close to that of prayer.
- Henri Matisse

What I dream of is an art of balance,
of purity and serenity devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter -
a soothing,
calming influence on the mind, rather like a good armchair
which provides relaxation from physical fatigue.
- Henri Matisse

Smiling away your troubles requires
a clear conscience that harbors no insincerity.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

The water in a vessel is sparkling;
the water in the sea is dark.
The small truth has words which are clear;
the great truth has great silence.
- Rabindranath Tagore

When love and hate are both absent
everything becomes clear and undisguised.
- Osho

One movement toward light becomes a clear signpost on a long road.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Open your mind, open your heart,
and the way to joy becomes clear.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Whenever God wakes in us, our thinking
becomes clear - nothing is missing.
- St. Thomas Aquinas

Before moving on, you have to clear away your cherished beliefs.
- Dick Raymond

I used to tell my husband that,
if he could make me "understand" something,
it would be clear to all the other people in the country.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Keep your attention focused entirely
on what is truly your own concern,
and be clear that what belongs to others
is their business and none of yours.
- Epictetus

Your visions will become clear only
when you can look into your own heart.
Who looks outside, dreams;
who looks inside, awakes.
- Carl Jung

The things that have acquired unity are these:
Heaven by unity has become clear;
Earth by unity has become steady;
The Spirit by unity has become spiritual;
The Valley by unity has become full;
All things by unity have come into existence.
- Lao Tzu

Living in fear of anything is a terrible waste
of what could be a great life.
If you live in fear of losing your job,
either you fear the embarrassment of being jobless,
or you fear the loss of material goods -
house, car, and such.
If you live in fear of losing your stuff and money,
it is clear that they own you.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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