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Paul Gauguin
Inspirational Art Quotes by the French post impressionist artist Paul Gauguin
born Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin - Paris, France 7th of June, 1848 / Died - French Polynesia on the 8th of May, 1903
Popular Paul Gauguin themes include portraits, still lifes, and island scenes from his time in French Polynesia and Tahiti. Gauguin spent time with Vincent van Gogh in Arles, France in the much talked about Yellow House.


"Paul Gauguin Quotes"


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

+ I am leaving in order to have peace and quiet, to be rid of the influence of civilization. I want only to do simple, very simple art, and to be able to do that, I have to immerse myself in virgin nature, see no one but savages, live their life, with no other thought in mind but to render, the way a child would, the concepts formed in my brain and to do this with the aid of nothing but the primitive means of art, the only means that are good and true.

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

+ 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.

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

+ A time will come when people will think I am a myth, or rather something the newspapers have made up.

+ Many people say that I don't know how to draw because I don't draw particular forms. When will they understand that execution, drawing and color (in other words, style) must be in harmony with the poem?

+ I am a great artist and I know it. It's because of what I am that I have endured so much suffering, so as to pursue my vocation, otherwise I would consider myself a rogue — which is what many people think I am, for that matter. Oh well, what difference does it make.

+ 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.

+ Art is either plagiarism or revolution.

+ Painting is the most beautiful of all arts. In it, all sensations are condensed, at its aspect everyone may create romance at the will of his imagination, and at a glance have his soul invaded by the most profound memories, no efforts of memory, everything summed up in one moment. Complete art which sums up all the others and completes them.

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

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