Gauguin Quotes

A compromise is the art of dividing a cake in such a way that everyone believes that he has got the biggest piece.

Art is either plagiarism or revolution


A hint - don't paint too much direct from nature. Art is an abstraction! study nature then brood on it and treasure the creation which will result, which is the only way to ascend towards God - to create like our Divine Master

Art requires philosophy, just as philosophy requires art. Otherwise, what would become of beauty?

But I owe something to Vincent, and that is, in the consciousness of having been useful to him, the confirmation of my own original ideas about painting. And also, at difficult moments, the remembrance that one finds others unhappier than oneself.

Civilization is what makes you sick

Concentrate your strengths against your competitor's relative weaknesses

I have always wanted a mistress who was fat, and I have never found one. To make a fool of me, they are always pregnant

I shut my eyes in order to see

I wished to suggest by means of a simple nude, a certain long-lost barbaric luxury

In art, all who have done something other than their predecessors have merited the epithet of revolutionary; and it is they alone who are masters

In art, one idea is as good as another. If one takes the idea of trembling, for instance, all of a sudden most art starts to tremble. Michelangelo starts to tremble. El Greco starts to tremble. All the Impressionists start to tremble

It is the eye of ignorance that assigns a fixed and unchangeable color to every object; beware of this stumbling block

Life being what it is, one dreams of revenge

Life has no meaning unless one lives it with a will, at least to the limit of one's will. Virtue, good, evil are nothing but words, unless one takes them apart in order to build something with them; they do not win their true meaning until one knows how to apply them

Life is hardly more than a fraction of a second. Such a little time to prepare oneself for eternity!

Many excellent cooks are spoilt by going into the arts

Nothing so resembles a daub as a masterpiece.

Oh yes! he loved yellow, this good Vincent, this painter from Holland - those glimmers of sunlight rekindled his soul, that abhorred the fog, that needed the warmth

Stressing output is the key to improving productivity, while looking to increase activity can result in just the opposite

The flat sound of my wooden clogs on the cobblestones, deep, hollow and powerful, is the note I seek in my painting

The history of modern art is also the history of the progressive loss of art's audience. Art has increasingly become the concern of the artist and the bafflement of the public

There is always a heavy demand for fresh mediocrity. In every generation the least cultivated taste has the largest appetite

We never really know what stupidity is until we have experimented on ourselves

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