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[1869 – 1954] French artist
The artists must see all things as if he were seeing them for the first time. All his life he must see as he did when he was a child. - Henri Matisse

I've been forty years discovering that the queen of all colors is black. - Henri Matisse

If it is practiced by a man of taste, the photograph will have the appearance of art (but) the photographer must... intervene as little as possible, so as not… to lose the objective charm which it naturally possesses… Photography should register and give us documents. - Henri Matisse, Views on nudes by Bill Jay , ISBN: 0240507312 , Page: 126
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My dream is an art of balance, purity and peace without provocative or exaggeratedly attractive motifs, an art giving satisfaction to the intellectual worker as well as to the painter, not unlike a good sofa on which you relax after physical work. - Henri Matisse

I have never avoided the influence of other artists. I should have thought it a form of cowardice and lack of sincerity towards myself. - Henri Matisse

l found myself or my artistic personality by considering my early works. I discovered in them something constant which I took at first for monotonous repetition. It was the sign of my personality, which came out the same no matter what different moods I had passed through. - Henri Matisse

One can judge the vitality and power of an artist when ... he is able to organise his sensations in the same mood on different days. - Henri Matisse

A work of art must carry in itself its complete significance and impose it on the beholder even before he can identify the subject matter. - Henri Matisse

It is always when I am in direct accord with my sensations of nature that I feel I have the right to depart from them, the better to render what I feel. Experience has always proved me right ... for me nature is always present. As in love, all depends on what the artist unconsciously projects on everything he sees. It is the quality of that projection, rather than the presence of a living person, that gives an artist's vision its life. - Henri Matisse

The arts have a development which comes not only from the individual but also from a whole acquired force, the civilisation which precedes us. One cannot do just anything. A talented artist cannot do whatever he pleases. If he only used his gifts, he would not exist. We are not the masters of what we produce. It is imposed on us. - Henri Matisse

Truth and reality in art begin at the point where the artist ceases to understand what he is doing and capable of doing— yet feels in himself a force that becomes steadily stronger and more concentrated. - Henri Matisse

We are moving towards serenity by simplification of ideas and means. Our only object is wholeness. We must learn, perhaps re-learn, to express ourselves by means of line. Plastic art will inspire the most direct emotions possible by the simplest means ... - Henri Matisse

Photography can provide the most precious documents and nobody can contest the value from this point of view. - Henri Matisse

Everything that we see in our daily lives is more or less distorted by acquired habits and this is perhaps more evident in an age like ours when cinema posters and magazines present us every day with a flood of ready-made images which are to the eye what prejudices are to the mind. The effort to see things without distortion demands a kind of courage; and this courage is essential to the artist, who has to look at everything as though he were seeing it for the first time. - Henri Matisse

Photographs will always be impressive because they show us nature, and all artists will find in them a world of sensations. The photographer must therefore intervene as little as possible, so as not to cause photography to lose the objective charm which it naturally possesses, notwithstanding its defects. - Henri Matisse

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