Pierre Soulages, 96, Is Looking For "Aesthetic Shock"

Photo by Patrick Demarchelier

Photo by Patrick Demarchelier

ZOE STILLPASS: Why do we need painting, especially today?

PIERRE SOULAGES: Painting allows us to live in a more interesting way than we live our everyday lives. If painting doesn't offer a way to dream and create emotions, then it's not worth it. Painting isn't just pretty or pleasant; it is something that helps you to stand alone and face yourself. For me, it's important to experience this aesthetic shock, which sets in motion our imagination, our emotions, our feelings, and our thoughts. That's the purpose of a painting and of art in general. I've pursued this for the past 68 years that I've been an artist, and I will keep pursuing it. I never want to stop painting. I'm 94 now. What's my secret? I just keep thinking about the painting I'm going to do tomorrow.

Interview via Interview Magazine