Matisse on painting 

‘For a painter, nothing is more difficult than to paint a rose, because in order to do so he must first forget every rose that has ever been painted.’ ~ Matisse 

Matisse on painting 

‘Truth and reality in art begin at the point where the artist ceases to understand what he is doing and capable of doing – yet feels in himself a force that becomes steadily stronger and more concentrated.’ ~ Henri Matisse