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Color

 

Color possesses me.
Paul Klee


Color is the place where our brain and the universe meet.
Paul Klee


Color and I are one. I am a painter.
Paul Klee

 

Color is vibration like music; everything is vibration.
Marc Chagall

 

Color is everything. When color is right, form is right.
Marc Chagall

 

In our life there is a single color, as on an artist's palette, which provides the meaning of life and art. It is the color of love.
Marc Chagall


All colors are the friends of their neighbors and the lovers of their opposites.
Marc Chagall


I've always painted pictures in which human love floods my colors.
Marc Chagall


The whole world, as we experience it visually, comes to us through the mystic realm of color.
Hans Hofmann


Color is a plastic means of creating intervals... color harmonics produced by special relationships, or tensions. We differentiate now between formal tensions and color tensions, just as we differentiate in music between counterpoint and harmony.
Hans Hofmann


Our entire being is nourished by color.
Hans Hoffman


It is not the form that dictates the color, but the color that brings out the form.
Hans Hofman


Colors produce a spiritual vibration, the impression they create is important only as a step towards this vibration.
Wassily Kandinsky


Color is a means to exert a direct influence on the soul.
Wassily Kandinsky

 

Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul.
Wassily Kandinsky

 

Color provokes a psychic vibration. Color hides a power still unknown but real, which acts on every part of the human body.
Wassily Kandinsky

 

I applied streaks and blobs of colors onto the canvas with a palette knife, and I made them sing with all the intensity I could...
Wassily Kandinsky


Color transmits and translates emotion.
Wassily Kandinsky


Color cannot stand alone.
Wassily Kandinsky


Black is like the silence of the body after death, the close of life.
Wassily Kandinsky


The sensations of colors on the palette can be spiritual experiences.
Wassily Kandinsky


Whether the psychological effect of color is direct...or whether it is the outcome of association, is open to question. The soul being one with the body, it may well be possible that a psychological tremor generates corresponding one through association.
Wassily Kandinsky

 

With color one obtains an energy that seems to stem from witchcraft.
Henri Matisse


Seek for the boldest color possible, content is irrelevant.
Henri Matisse


The main function of color should be to serve expression.
Henri Matisse


It is only after years of preparation that the young artist should touch color, not color used descriptively, that is, but as a means of personal expression.
Henri Matisse


Color, even more than drawing, is a means of liberation.
Henri Matisse


Color exists in itself, possessing its own beauty.
Henri Matisse

 

It is with color that you render light, though you must also feel this light, have it within yourself.
Henri Matisse

 

Purer colors... have in themselves, independently of the objects they serve to express, a significant action on the feelings of those who look at them.
Henri Matisse

 

My choice of colors does not rest on any scientific theory, it is based on observation, on feeling, on the experience of my sensibility.
Henri Matisse


Color helps to express light, not the physical phenomenon, but the only light that really exists, that in the artist's brain.
Henri Matisse


Cutting into color reminds me of the sculptor’s direct carving.
Henri Matisse


A thimbleful of red is redder than a bucketful.
Henri Matisse


A certain blue enters your soul. A certain red has an effect on your blood-pressure.
Henri Matisse


Every perception of color is an illusion, we do not see colors as they really are. In our perception they alter one another.
Joseph Albers

 

Color deceives continuously.
Josef Albers


I want color and form to have contradictorily functions.
Joseph Albers


We never really perceive what color really is, as it physically is. This fact makes color the most relative medium in art.
Josef Albers


I have always wanted my colors to sing.
Paul Delvaux


I found I could say things with colors that I could not say in any other way, things for which I had no words.
Georgia O'Keeffe

 

Color in a picture is like enthusiasm in life.
Vincent Van Gogh

 

Instead of trying to reproduce exactly what I see before me, I make an arbitrary use of color to express myself more forcefully.
Vincent Van Gogh


The painter of the future will be a colorist unlike anything yet.
Vincent Van Gogh

 

In this movement of colors I find the essence, which does not arise from a system, or an a priori theory.
Robert Delaunay

 

Color the invisible.
Cosmin Voisan

 

Color is fun, color is just plain gorgeous, a gourmet meal for the eye, the window of the soul.
Rachel Wolf

 

Color is crucial in painting, but it is very hard to talk about. There is almost nothing you can say that holds up as a generalization, because it depends on too many factors: size, modulation, the rest of the field, a certain consistency that color has with forms, and the statement you're trying to make.
Roy Lichtenstein

 

The more basic the color, the more inward, the more pure.
Piet Mondrian


Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.
Piet Mondrian


Colored planes, by their position and size as well as by their value, express only relationships, not forms.
Piet Mondrian

 

When the color achieves richness, the form attains its fullness also.
Paul Cezanne

 

There is a logic of colors, and it is with this alone, and not with the logic of the brain, that the painter should conform.
Paul Cezanne


There is no model, there is only color.
Paul Cezanne

 

There is a logic of the colors to which the painter should adapt, it is not the logic of the brain.
Paul Cezanne

 

It is necessary to introduce light vibrations, represented by reds and yellows, and a sufficient amount of blues, to obtain an airy feeling.
Paul Cézanne

 

Why do two colors, put one next to the other, sing? Can one really explain this? No.
Pablo Picasso

 

I work with few colors, what creates the illusion of quantity is that they fell in the right place.
Pablo Picasso

 

When I haven't any blue I use red.
Pablo Picasso

 

I want to know one thing, what is color?
Pablo Picasso

 

Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions.
Pablo Picasso 

 

Like emotions, colors are a reflection of life.
Janice Glennaway

 

I try to apply colors like words that shape poems, like notes that shape music.
Joan Miró

 

If you are moved only by the color relationships, then you miss the point.
Mark Rothko

 

If light is the spiritual quality of painting, color is surely its heart and passion.
Robert Reynolds

 

For me, each nuance of a color is in some way an individual, a being who is from the same race as the base color, but who definitely possesses a distinct character and personal soul.
Yves Klein

 

Color is sensitivity in material form, substance in its purest form.
Yves Klein

 

Color is enslaved by line, that becomes writing.
Yves Klein

 

Colors pursue me like a constant worry. They even worry me in my sleep.
Claude Monet

 

Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.
Claude Monet

 

Above all, keep your colors fresh!
Edouard Manet

 

Black is not a color.
Edouard Manet

 

Color is a matter of taste and sensitivity.
Édouard Manet

 

Color! What a deep and mysterious language, the language of dreams.
Paul Gauguin

 

It is the eye of ignorance that assigns a fixed and unchangeable color to every object; beware of this stumbling block.
Paul Gauguin


Color is energy made visible.
John Russell

 

Light is color.
J. M. W. Turner

 

Colors are brighter when the mind is open.
Adriana Alarcón

 

Color and sound, twin aspects of spirit interwoven in the language of life, are healing forces of the soul.
Elle Nicolai

 

Learn to reach for colors instinctively, not automatically. Instinctively implies knowledge, sensitivity and perception. Automatically implies a mechanical reaction and a process that's akin to a formula.
Robert Wade

 

There are times when we need certain colors. They nourish the soul in a way nothing else does.
Catherine Jo Morgan

 

I paint with colors that feed my soul.
Catherine Jo Morgan

 

I never met a color I didn't like.
Dale Chihuly

 

Color, rather than shape, is more closely related to emotion.
David Katz

 

Man needs color to live; it's just as necessary an element as fire and water.
Fernand Leger

 

Colors speak all languages.
Joseph Addison


Color in painting lures the eyes as verses do in poetry.
Nicolas Poussin


This may sound a bit simple, but the rainbow was my teaching source about mixing color.
Jim Pescott

 

Color is like music. The palette is an instrument that can be orchestrated to build form.
John Sloan

 

Color is the language of the poets. It is astonishingly lovely. To speak it is a privilege.
Keith Crown

 

Color creates energy, energy creates inspiration and inspiration creates change.
Ricky Lee Gordon


Color is only beautiful when it means something.
Robert Henri


To use color well is as difficult as for a fish to pass from water to air or earth.
Andre L'Hote


When you feel colors, you will understand the why of their forms.
Oscar Bluemner


Color in certain places has the great value of making the outlines and structural planes seem more energetic.
Antoni Gaudi


I never wanted color to be color. I never wanted texture to be texture, or images to become shapes. I wanted them all to fuse together into a living spirit.
Clyfford Still


Every form is a base for color, every color is the attribute of a form.
Victor Vasarely


Color in color is felt at any and every place of the pictorial organization; in its immediacy - its particularity. Color must be felt throughout.
Jules Olitski


I think of color as being seen in and throughout, not solely on the surface.
Jules Olitski


Color is the essence of painting, which the subject always killed.
Kasimir Malevich


I ripped through the blue shade of the constraints of color.
Kasimir Malevich


I have broken the blue boundary of color limits, come out into the white; beside me comrade-pilots swim in this infinity.
Kasimir Malevich


Color is a language, like music.
Vladimir Kibalchich


The purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love color the most.
John Ruskin


Then very slowly I go to slightly lighter colors until little by little, the forms begin to take shape and I start to see what is happening. Since I never plan in advance, I simply let myself be led by instinct, taste and intuition. And it is in this manner that I find myself creating visions that I have never before imagined. And little by little certain color effects develop that excite me and I find the painting itself leading me on and I become only an instrument of a greater, wiser force...or being...or intelligence than I myself am.
Eyvind Earle


Some colors reconcile themselves to one another, others just clash.
Edvard Munch


All the other colors are just colors, but purple seems to have a soul. Purple is not just a noun and an adjective but also a verb, when you look at it, it's looking back at you.
Uniek Swain


Color does not add a pleasant quality to design - it reinforces it.
Pierre Bonard


White... is death. It’s hospitals. It’s my terrible nurses. White is absolute horror. It is just the worst.
Joan Mitchell

 

A time will come when the eye of man will perceive colors as feelings within itself.
Umberto Boccioni


I want to give colors intoxication, fullness, excitement, power by trying to forget Impressionism.
Paula Modersohn-Becker


Color has such a friendly appearance, that I always see it with fresh delight, now with all its tints, like the spirits of the light, it nestles in and penetrates all physical forms…
Philipp Otto Runge


Blue is the male principle, astringent and spiritual. Yellow is the female principle, gentle, gay and spiritual. Red is matter, brutal and heavy and always the color to be opposed and overcome by the other two.
Franz Marc





Color is knowledge.
Donald Judd


Color, to continue had to occur in space.
Donald Judd

Color is the first revelation of the world.
Hélio Oiticica

Color must be thought, imagined, dreamed.
Gustave Moreau


What I most cherish is the observation of the movement of colors. Only in this have I found the laws of those simultaneous and complementary color contrasts that nourish the actual rhythm of my vision. In this I find the actual essence, an essence which is not born out of an a priori system or theory.
August Macke


I'm interested in creating a space through color contrasts, rather than by simple shadows of light and dark.
August Macke


One who knows how to appreciate color relationships, the influence of one color with another, their contrasts and dissonances, is promised an infinite variety of images.
Sonia Delaunay


A color is as strong as the impression it creates.
Ivan Le Lorraine Albright


Who told you that one paints with colors? One makes use of colors, but paints with emotions.
Jean Siméon Chardin

 

We stand for a use of color free from the imitation of things as colored objects. We stand for an aerial vision in which the material of color is expressed in all of the manifold possibilities our subjectivity can create.
Carlo Carra


One can paint with two colors, and draw with one. Three, or four at most, have for centuries been enough men.
Henri Michaux


The effects of color are controlled by intuition.
Johannes Itten


The art of the colorist has in some ways elements of mathematics and music.
Paul Signac


Don't be afraid of putting on color, refine the work little by little.
Camille Pissarro


The good painter is the one who buries a color every day.
Roger Bissière


I love colors... as much as I love concepts.
Genco Gulan


I also learned that you are affected by your environment, even if you try not to be. Color, light that is, matters because you want to do justice to it and also you get excited by it.
Peter Doig


One morning, one of us ran out of the black, it was the birth of Impressionism.
Auguste Renoir


Colors were dynamite for us.
André Derain


We become intoxicated with color, with words that speak of color, and with the sun that makes colors brighter.
André Derain


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