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I refuse to confide and don't like it when people write about art.

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Painting is a source of endless pleasure, but also of great anguish.

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One must always draw, draw with the eyes, when one cannot draw with a pencil.

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Painting is the passage from the chaos of the emotions to the order of the possible.

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Painting is a language which cannot be replaced by another language. I don't know what to say about what I paint, really.

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The best way to begin is to say: Balthus is a painter of whom nothing is known. And now let us have a look at his paintings.

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I will always find even the worst paintings that attempt some kind of representation better than the best invented paintings.

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Painting what I experience, translating what I feel, is like a great liberation. But it is also work, self-examination, consciousness, criticism, struggle.

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I always feel the desire to look for the extraordinary in ordinary things; to suggest, not to impose, to leave always a slight touch of mystery in my paintings.

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The craft of painting has virtually disappeared. There is hardly anyone left who really possesses it. For evidence one has only to look at the painters of this century.

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