Pierre Soulages

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It's what I do that teaches me what I'm looking for.
- Pierre Soulages
Collection: Teach
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I've always loved black, and I realized that, from the beginning, man went into completely dark caves to paint. They painted with black too. They could have painted with white because there were white stones all over the ground, but no, they chose to paint with black in the dark.
- Pierre Soulages
Collection: Dark
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Painting isn't just pretty or pleasant; it is something that helps you to stand alone and face yourself.
- Pierre Soulages
Collection: Faces
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For me, it's important to experience aesthetic shock, which sets in motion our imagination, our emotions, our feelings, and our thoughts. That's the purpose of a painting and of art in general.
- Pierre Soulages
Collection: Art
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If painting doesn't offer a way to dream and create emotions, then it's not worth it.
- Pierre Soulages
Collection: Dream
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I am against limitations like perspective. Perspective is illusion, it's the opposite of presence, and art is presence.
- Pierre Soulages
Collection: Art
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Painting is a play of opacities and transparencies.
- Pierre Soulages
Collection: Play
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I realized that most people waste their lives earning a living, and I wanted to live. I love painting, so I keep painting. That's how I became an artist.
- Pierre Soulages
Collection: Artist
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A window looks outside, but a painting should do the opposite - it should look inside of us. When I put them in the middle of the room, I attach the paintings at the top to the ceiling and on the bottom to the floor. I prefer this to just hanging them from the ceiling because it creates a place in a space, like a wall.
- Pierre Soulages
Collection: Wall
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Painting allows us to live in a more interesting way than we live our everyday lives.
- Pierre Soulages
Collection: Interesting
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It's fascinating to think that as soon as man came into existence, he started painting.
- Pierre Soulages
Collection: Thinking
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I never want to stop painting. I'm 94 now. What's my secret? I just keep thinking about the painting I'm going to do tomorrow.
- Pierre Soulages
Collection: Thinking
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Prehistoric art came to move me much more than Greek art. Greek art has beautiful women and handsome men, but I don't care.
- Pierre Soulages
Collection: Beautiful
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Black ink was always my favorite. I loved it. And then one day I realized that the only thing I ever wanted to do was to paint.
- Pierre Soulages
Collection: Black
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I always liked paintings to be walls rather than windows. When we see a painting on a wall, it's a window, so I often put my paintings in the middle of the space to make a wall.
- Pierre Soulages
Collection: Wall
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I always loved to paint. As a kid, I liked to dip my paintbrush in black ink. They gave colors to me to use, but I didn't like them very much.
- Pierre Soulages
Collection: Kids
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At 16, I decided to do something brave: I went on a prehistoric dig. In fact, I've had my name in a museum since I was 18 years old, not for my painting but for the prehistoric objects I found. That's how I started thinking about art.
- Pierre Soulages
Collection: Art