The Louvre is the book in which we learn to read.

— Paul Cezanne

The most empowering Paul Cezanne quotes that are life-changing and eye-opening

Time and reflection change the sight little by little 'till we come to understand.


The awareness of our own strength makes us modest.


Treat nature by the cylinder, the sphere, the cone, everything in proper perspective so that each side of an object or a plane is directed towards a central point.


I ask you to pray for me, for once age has overtaken us, we find consolation only in religion.


A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art.


Right now a moment of time is passing by!... We must become that moment.


The Louvre is a good book to consult, but it must only be an intermediary.

The real and immense study that must be taken up is the manifold picture of nature.


Sometimes I imagine colors as if they were living ideas, being of pure reason with which to communicate. Nature is not on the surface, it is deep down.


We live in a rainbow of chaos.


Under this fine rain I breathe in the innocence of the world.

I feel coloured by the nuances of infinity. At this moment I am one with my picture. We are an iridescent chaos.


See how the light tenderly love the apricots, it takes them over completely, enters into their pulp, light them from all sides! But it is miserly with the peaches and light only one side of them.


Long live the sun which gives us such beautiful color.


About Paul Cezanne

Quotes 111 sayings
Nationality French
Profession Artist
Birthday October 16

I'd like to combine melancholy and sunshine.

.. There's a sadness in Provence which no one has expressed... I'd like to put reason in the grass and tears in the sky, like Poussin.


What I am trying to translate to you is more mysterious, it is entwined in the very roots of being, in the implacable source of sensations.


The landscape becomes human, becomes a thinking, living being within me.

I become one with my picture...we merge in an iridescent chaos.


Fruits ... like having their portrait painted. They seem to sit there and ask your forgiveness for fading. Their thought is given off with their perfumes. They come with all their scents, they speak of the fields they have left, the rain which has nourished them, the daybreaks they have seen.


When the color achieves richness, the form attains its fullness also.


With an apple I will astonish Paris.


Here on the edge of the river, the motifs are very plentiful, the same subject seen from a different angle gives a subject for study of the highest interest and so varied that I think I could be occupied for months without changing my place, simply bending a little more to the right or left.


Surely, a single bunch of carrots painted naively, just as we personally see it, is worth all the endless banalities of the Schools, all those dreary pictures concocted out of tobacco juice according to time-honored formulas?


Design and color are not distinct and separate.

As one paints, one draws. The more the colors harmonize, the more the design takes form. When color is at it's richest, form is at its fullest.


What is one to think of those fools who tell one that the artist is always subordinate to nature? Art is a harmony parallel with nature.


We must not be content to memorize the beautiful formulas of our illustrious predecessors. Let us go out and study beautiful nature.


An art which isn't based on feeling isn't an art at all.

.. feeling is the principle, the beginning and the end; craft, objective, technique - all these are in the middle.


Yes, a bunch of carrots, observed directly, painted simply in the personal way one sees it, worth more than the Ecole's everlasting slices of buttered bread, that tobacco-juice painting, slavishly done by the book? The day is coming when a single original carrot will give birth to a revolution.


The sun penetrates me soundlessly like a distant friend that stirs up my laziness, fertilizes it. We bring forth life.


To achieve progress nature alone counts, and the eye is trained through contact with her. It becomes concentric by looking and working.


Get to the heart of what is before you and continue to express yourself as logically as possible.


Michelangelo is a constructor, and Rafael an artist who, great as he is, is always limited by the model. When he tries to be thoughtful he falls below the niveau of his great rival.


Taste is the best judge. It is rare. Art only addresses itself to an excessively small number of individuals.


I am progressing very slowly, for nature reveals herself to me in very complex forms; and the progress needed is incessant.


Whoever the master is whom you prefer, this must only be a directive for you.

Otherwise you will never be anything but an imitator.


There is a logic of colors, and it is with this alone, and not with the logic of the brain, that the painter should conform.


Literature expresses itself by abstractions, whereas painting, by means of drawing and colour, gives concrete shape to sensations and perceptions.


The transposition that a painter makes with an original vision gives to the representation of nature a new interest.


I wished to copy nature. I could not. But I was satisfied when I discovered the sun, for instance, could not be reproduced, but only represented by something else.


One had to immerse oneself in one's surroundings and intensely study nature or one's subject to understand how to recreate it.


The strong experience of nature... is the necessary basis for all conception of art on which rests the grandeur and beauty of all future work.


Chatter about art is almost always useless.


See nature in terms of the cone, the cylinder, and the sphere.


One is neither too scrupulous nor too sincere nor too submissive to nature;

but one is more or less master of one's model, and, above all, of the means of expression.


Time and reflection... modify, little by little, our vision, and at last comprehension comes to us.


Pleasure must be found in study.


To be sure an artist wishes to raise his standard intellectually as much as possible, but the man must remain in obscurity. Pleasure must be found in the studying.


My nervous system is very much weakened - nothing but painting in oil can keep me going.


The contour eludes me.


There is no such thing as an amateur artist as different from a professional artist. There is only good art and bad art.


The artist must scorn all judgment that is not based on an intelligent observation of character. He must beware of the literary spirit which so often causes a painting to deviate from its true path - the concrete study of nature - to lose itself all too long in intangible speculations.


Painting, like any art, comprises a technique, a workmanlike handling of material, but the accuracy of a tone and the fictitious combination of effects depend entirely on the choice made by the artist.

famous quotes