+ 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
+ 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
+ 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
+ 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!