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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."
    Paul Cezanne
  • "The Louvre is the book in which we learn to read."
    Paul Cezanne
  • "For an Impressionist to paint from nature is not to paint the subject, but to realize sensations."
    Paul Cezanne
  • "It took me 40 years to find out that painting is not sculpture."
    Paul Cezanne
  • "Doubtless there are things in nature which have not yet been seen. If an artist discovers them, he opens the way for his successors."
    Paul Cezanne
  • "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."
    Paul Cezanne
  • "Don't be an art critic, but paint, there lies salvation."
    Paul Cezanne
  • "I could paint for a hundred years, a thousand years without stopping and I would still feel as though I knew nothing."
    Paul Cezanne
  • "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."
    Paul Cezanne
  • "The painter must enclose himself within his work; he must respond not with words, but with paintings."
    Paul Cezanne
  • "A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art."
    Paul Cezanne


  • "We must not be content to memorize the beautiful formulas of our illustrious predecessors. Let us go out and study beautiful nature."
    Paul Cezanne
  • "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."
    Paul Cezanne
  • "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 haven’t at my command the magnificent richness of color which enlivens Nature."
    Paul Cezanne
  • "When a picture isn't realized, you pitch it in the fire and start another one."
    Paul Cezanne
  • "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 is incomplete."
    Paul Cezanne
  • "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."
    Paul Cezanne
  • "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."
    Paul Cezanne
  • "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."
    Paul Cezanne

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