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We must not fear daylight just because it almost always illuminates a miserable world.
Too often we tend to reduce what is strange to what is familiar. I intend to restore the familiar to the strange.
To be a surrealist means barring from your mind all remembrance of what you have seen, and being always on the lookout for what has never been.
Each thing we see hides something else we want to see.
People who look for symbolic meaning fail to grasp the inherent poetry and mystery of the images.
Nothing is confused except the mind.
Art evokes the mystery without which the world would not exist.
If one looks at a thing with the intention of trying to discover what it means, one ends up no longer seeing the thing itself, but of thinking of the question that is raised.
The purpose of art is mystery.
Everything we see hides another thing, we always want to see what is hidden by what we see, but it is impossible. Humans hide their secrets too well.
Everything that is visible hides something that is invisible.
The present reeks of mediocrity and the atom bomb.
The feeling we experience while we look at a picture is not to be distinguished from the picture or from ourselves. the feeling, picture, and ourselves are united in one mystery.
A thing which is present can be invisible, hidden by what it shows
Life obliges me to do something, so I paint.
I want nevertheless to add that for me the world is a defiance of common sense.
Visible things can be invisible. However, our powers of thought grasp both the visible and the invisible – and I make use of painting to render thoughts visible.
Those who become entangled in these false ideas are prevented from perceiving the Integral Oneness.
We are surrounded by curtains. We only perceive the world behind a curtain of semblance. At the same time, an object needs to be covered in order to be recognized at all.
No object is stuck with its name so irrevocably that one cannot find another which suits it better.
Only thought can resemble. It resembles by being what it sees, hears, or knows; it becomes what the world offers it.
I like subversive humor, freckles, women's knees and long hair, the laughter of playing children, and a girl running down the street.
My painting is visible images that conceal nothing... they evoke mystery. Mystery means nothing. It is unknowable.
I have few illusions: the cause is lost in advance. As for me, I do my part, which is to drag a fairly drab existence to its conclusion.
I think we are responsible for the universe, but that doesn't mean we decide anything.
I need to see the original paintings just as little as I have to read the original manuscripts of books.
An object is not so attached to its name that we cannot find another one that would suit it better.
An object never serves the same function as its image - or its name.
A truly poetic canvas is an awakened dream.