It is only by drawing often, drawing everything, drawing incessantly, that one fine day you discover to your surprise that you have rendered something in its true character.
Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing.
Remember that I have the temperament of a peasant, I am melancholy, harsh and savage in my works. It is only in the long run that I can expect to please, and then only those who have a grain of indulgence.
I concern myself with figures and animals. Several genre studies have been done: I approach this realm of art with timidity; I am abashed by the first-class works of earlier artists in the field; I am afraid of failure!
Work at the same time on sky, water, branches, ground, keeping everything going on an equal basis. Don�t be afraid of putting on colour. Paint generously and unhesitatingly, for it is best not to lose the first impression.
Everything is beautiful, all that matters is to be able to interpret.
All the sorrows, all the bitternesses, all the sadnesses, I forget them and ignore them in the joy of working.