Matisse on process

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Artists for inspiration / Process notes / Thoughts to ponder

I always use a preliminary canvas the same size for a sketch as for a finished picture, and I always begin with color. With large canvases this is more fatiguing, but more logical. I may have the same sentiment I obtained in the first, but this lacks solidity, and decorative sense. I never retouch a sketch: I take a new canvas the same size, as I may change the composition somewhat. But I always strive to give the same feeling, while carrying it on further. A picture should, for me, always be decorative. While working I never try to think, only to feel.

Page 63 in Matisse, in search of true painting, edited by Dorthe Aagesen and Rebecca Rabinow.

While working I never try to think, only to feel

Is that what I also do?

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