"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."
"True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist."Henri Matisse on Albert Einstein
"If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced."Henri Matisse on Vincent Van Gogh
"The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout person."Henri Matisse on Abraham Lincoln
"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance."Henri Matisse on Aristotle
"A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament."Henri Matisse on Oscar Wilde
"I don't paint things. I only paint the difference between things."
"Drawing is like making an expressive gesture with the advantage of permanence."
"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."
"Creativity takes courage."
"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."