|"The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak. 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.
|"Derive happiness in oneself from a good day's work, from illuminating the fog that surrounds us."|
|"Drawing is like making an expressive gesture with the advantage of permanence."|
|"I don't paint things. I only paint the difference between things."|
|"I have always tried to hide my efforts and wished my works to have the light joyousness of springtime which never lets anyone suspect the labors it has cost me.
|"I have been no more than a medium, as it were.
|"I wouldn't mind turning into a vermilion goldfish.
|"Impressionism is the newspaper of the soul.
|"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.
|"There are always flowers for those who want to see them.
|"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."|
|"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."|
|"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. "|