Henri Matisse citáty
Dátum narodenia: 31. december 1869
Dátum úmrtia: 3. november 1954
Ďalšie mená: Henri-émile-benoit Matisse, Henri-Emile Matisse
Henri Matisse bol francúzsky maliar.
Začiatkom 20. storočia patril k skupine fauvistov, ktorí sa chceli prezentovať odvážnymi odtieňmi a ťahmi štetca. Neskôr sa jeho práca postupne formálne zjednodušovala a viedla k abstraktným dielam, ako napríklad Slimák , ktorý je vyrobený z nastrihaných kúskov papiera.
Od roku 1906 bol zberateľom černošského umenia, čo ovplyvnilo aj jeho tvorbu ale aj tvorbu Pabla Picassa.
Nebol len maliar, ale tiež významný sochár. Vytvoril okolo 80 bronzových plastík a reliéfov,ktoré boli významné svojim jednoduchým, skoro až k abstrakcii smerujúcim tvarom. Tým sa zaradil aj k najpoprednejším sochárom modernej sochy.
Citáty Henri Matisse
„A little while ago I took a nap under an olive tree, and the color harmonies I saw were so touching. It's like a paradise you have no right to analyze, but you are a painter, for God's sake! Nice is so beautiful! Alight so soft and tender, despite its brilliance.“
In a letter to a friend, Nice 1918, as quoted in 'Matisse & Picasso', Paul Trachtman, Smithsonian Magazine, February 2003, p. 6
„Rules have no existence outside of individuals: otherwise a good professor would be as great a genius as Racine.“
1905 - 1910, Notes of a Painter' (1908)
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„I didn't expect to recover from my second operation but since I did, I consider that I'm living on borrowed time. Every day that dawns is a gift to me and I take it in that way. I accept it gratefully without looking beyond it. I completely forget my physical suffering and all the unpleasantness of my present condition and I think only of the joy of seeing the sun rise once more and of being able to work a little bit, even under difficult conditions.“
„Slowly I discovered the secret of my art. It consists of a meditation on nature, on the expression of a dream which is always inspired by reality.“
"Interview with Henri Matisse" by Jacques Guenne, L'Art Vivant (15 September 1925), translated by Jack Flam in Matisse on Art (1995)
1921 - 1940
Kontext: Slowly I discovered the secret of my art. It consists of a meditation on nature, on the expression of a dream which is always inspired by reality. With more involvement and regularity, I learned to push each study in a certain direction. Little by little the notion that painting is a means of expression asserted itself, and that one can express the same thing in several ways. Exactitude is not truth, Delacroix liked to say.
„The artist begins with a vision — a creative operation requiring effort. Creativity takes courage.“
As quoted in Artist to Artist : Inspiration and Advice from Visual Artists Past & Present (1998), p. 62
„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..“
As quoted by Theodore F. Wolff in The Christian Science Monitor (25 March 1985)