There is something in painting which cannot be explained, and that something is essential.
With all their damned talk of modern painting, I've been forty years discovering that the queen of all colours is black!
It took me twenty years to discover painting: twenty years looking at nature, and above all, going to the Louvre.
I have arrived more definitely than any other painter during his lifetime; honours shower upon me from every side; artists pay me compliments on my work; there are many people to whom my position must seem enviable ... But I don't seem to have a single real friend!
Religion is everywhere. It is in the mind, in the heart, in the love you put into what you do
Progress in painting, there's no such thing! ...One day I went and changed the yellow on my palette. Well, the result was, I floundered for ten years!
The work of art must seize upon you, wrap you up in itself and carry you away. It is the means by which the artist conveys his passion. It is the current which he puts forth which sweeps you along in his passion.
The only way to understand painting is to go and look at it. And if out of a million visitors there is even one to whom art means something, that is enough to justify museums.
In a few generations you can breed a racehorse. The recipe for making a man like Delacroix is less well known.
About 1883 something like a break occurred in my work. I had reached the end of 'impressionism,' and I had come to realize that I did not know how to paint or draw.