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Inspirational Art Quotes by the French post impressionist artist Paul Cezanne
Born Paul Cézanne - Aix-en-Provence, France - 19th of January, 1839 / Died - Aix-en-Provence, France on the 22nd of October, 1906
Popular Paul Cezanne themes include card players, portraits, still lifes, and landscapes that influenced Picasso and Cubism.
Paul Cezanne Quotes
- "All my life I have
worked to be able to earn my living, but I thought that one could
do good painting without attracting attention to one's private life.
Certainly, an artist wishes to raise himself intellectually as much
as possible, but the man must remain obscure. The pleasure must
be found in the work."
- "The Louvre is the
book in which we learn to read."
- "For an Impressionist
to paint from nature is not to paint the subject, but to realize
- "It took me 40 years
to find out that painting is not sculpture."
- "Doubtless there
are things in nature which have not yet been seen. If an artist
discovers them, he opens the way for his successors."
- "When I judge art,
I take my painting and put it next to a God made object like a tree
or flower. If it clashes, it is not art."
- "Don't be an art
critic, but paint, there lies salvation."
- "I could paint for
a hundred years, a thousand years without stopping and I would still
feel as though I knew nothing."
- "What is one to
think of those fools who tell one that the artist is always subordinate
to nature? Art is in harmony parallel with nature."
- "The painter must
enclose himself within his work; he must respond not with words,
but with paintings."
- "A work of art which
did not begin in emotion is not art."
- "We must not be
content to memorize the beautiful formulas of our illustrious predecessors.
Let us go out and study beautiful nature."
- "Everybody's going
crazy over the Impressionists; what art needs is a Poussin made
over according to nature. There you have it in a nutshell."
- "Painting certainly
means more to me than everything else in the world. I think my mind
becomes clearer when I am in the presence of nature. Unfortunately,
the realization of my sensations is always a very painful process
with me. I can't seem to express the intensity which beats in upon
my senses. I havent at my command the magnificent richness
of color which enlivens Nature."
- "When a picture
isn't realized, you pitch it in the fire and start another one."
- "The point to be
made clear is that, whatever may be our temperament, or our power
in the presence of nature, we have to render what we actually see,
forgetting everything that appeared before our own time. Which,
I think, should enable the artist to express his personality to
the full, be it large or small. Now that I am an old man, about
seventy, the sensations of colour which produce light give rise
to abstractions that prevent me from covering my canvas, and from
trying to define the outlines of objects when their points of contact
are tenuous and delicate; with the result that my image or picture
- "I still work with
difficulty, but I seem to get along. That is the important thing
to me. Sensations form the foundation of my work, and they are imperishable,
I think. Moreover, I am getting rid of that devil who, as you know,
used to stand behind me and forced me at will to "imitate";
he's not even dangerous any more."
- "Art has a harmony
which parallels that of nature. The people who tell you that the
artist is always inferior to nature are idiots! He is parallel to
it. Unless, of course, he deliberately intervenes. His whole aim
must be silence. He must silence all the voices of prejudice within
him, he must forget.. and then the entire landscape will engrave
itself on the sensitive plate of his being."
- "As a painter I
am beginning to see more clearly how to work from Nature.. but I
still can't do justice to the intensity unfolding before my eyes."