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Sunday May 3, 2015

Most painters require direct contact with objects in order to feel that they exist, and they can only reproduce them under strictly physical conditions. They look for an exterior light to illuminate them internally. Whereas the artist or the poet possesses an internal light which transforms objects to make a new world of them, a sensitive, organized, living world which is in itself an infallible sign of divinity, a reflection of divinity.
—Henri Matisse
   French artist (1869-1925)

Source: Matisse on Art, edited by Jack Flam (buy from Amazon)

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