Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.
A picture is a thing which requires as much knavery, as much malice, and as much vice as the perpetration of a crime. Make it untrue and add an accent of truth.
There is no such thing as Intelligence; one has intelligence of this or that. One must have intelligence only for what one is doing.
There are some women who should barely be spoken to; they should only be caressed.
It is all very well to copy what one sees, but it is far better to draw what one now only sees in one's memory. That is a transformation in which imagination collaborates with memory.
Taste! It doesn't exist. An artist makes beautiful things without being aware of it.
Painting is easy when you don't know how, but very difficult when you do.
Art is vice. You don't marry it legitimately, you rape it.
Only when he no longer knows what he is doing does the painter do good things.
What a delightful thing is the conversation of specialists! One understands absolutely nothing and it's charming.
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