In the past I have never thought about loneliness when working, and I don't think about it now. Yet there must be a reason for the fact that so many people talk about it.
The older I grow, the more I find myself alone.
At first, one sees the person who is modelling; but little by little, all of the possible sculptures that could be made come between artist and model.
All the sculptures of today, like those of the past, will end one day in pieces... So it is important to fashion ones work carefully in its smallest recess and charge every particle of matter with life.
In every work of art the subject is primordial, whether the artist knows it or not. The measure of the formal qualities is only a sign of the measure of the artist's obsession with his subject; the form is always in proportion to the obsession.
All the art of the past rises up before me, the art of all ages and all civilizations, everything becomes simultaneous, as if space had replaced time. Memories of works of art blend with affective memories, with my work, with my whole life.
The human face is as strange to me as a countenance, which, the more one looks at it, the more it closes itself off and escapes by the steps of unknown stairways.
In a burning building I would save a cat before a Rembrandt.
I've been fifty thousand times to the Louvre. I have copied everything in drawing, trying to understand.
The object of art is not to reproduce reality, but to create a reality of the same intensity.
Last Update: 4 December 2022
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