“ […] Knowing must therefore be accompanied by an equal capacity to forget knowing. Non-knowing is not a form of ignorance but a difficult transcendence of knowledge. This is the price that must be paid for an oeuvre to be, at all times, a sort of pure beginning, which makes its creation an exercise in freedom.”
“If, for instance, I want to paint horses taking the water hurdle at the Auteuil race-course, I expect my painting to give me as much that is unexpected, although of another kind, as the actual race I witnessed gave me. Not for a second can be any question of reproducing exactly a spectacle that is already in the past. But I have to re-live it entirely, in the manner that is new and, this time, from the standpoint of painting. By doing this, I create for myself the possibility of a fresh impact […] An artist does not create the way he lives, he lives the way he creates.”
Jean Lescure, Lapicque, Galanis, Paris p. 78 and 123.