One of the best things about paintings is their silence, which prompts reflection and random reverie.
The essential thing is to put oneself in a frame of mind which is close to that of prayer.
I believe that painting should come through the avenues of meditation rather than the canals of action.
The dimension that counts for the creative person is the space he creates within himself. This inner space is closer to the infinite than the other, and it is the privilege of the balanced mind... and the search for an equilibrium is essential - to be as aware of inner space as he is of outer space.
All our interior world is reality, and that, perhaps, more so than our apparent world.
I have to stay alone in order to fully contemplate and feel nature.
Caspar David Friedrich
The life of an artist is like the life of a monk, a lewd monk if you like, very Rabelaisian. It is an ordination.
The modern artist is working and expressing an inner world, in other words expressing the energy, the motion, and other inner forces.
Art is contemplation. It is the pleasure of the mind which searches into nature and which there divines the spirit of which Nature herself is animated.
What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity devoid of troubling or depressing subject-matter, an art which might be for every mental worker... a good armchair... to rest from physical fatigue.
I seek a still movement, the equivalent to the eloquence of silence, or what Saint Francis of the Cross I think it was, described with the term 'mute music'.
Silence is so accurate.
The way to creativity is silence.
Soon silence will have passed into legend. Man has turned his back on silence. Day after day he invents machines and devices that increase noise and distract humanity from the essence of life, contemplation, meditation.
I have made a great discovery. I no longer believe in anything. Objects don't exist for me except in so far as a rapport exists between them and myself. When one attains this harmony, one reaches a sort of intellectual non-existence, what I can only describe as a sense of peace, which makes everything possible and right. Life then becomes a perpetual revelation. That is true poetry.
Age has given me a certain serenity, and an understanding of who I am and what my limits are.