110+ Paul Gauguin Quotes On Art, Expressive And Colorful

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  1. The cyclone ends. The sun returns; the lofty coconut trees lift up their plumes again; man does likewise. The great anguish is over; joy has returned; the sea smiles like a child.
  2. I shut my eyes in order to see.
  3. Color! What a deep and mysterious language, the language of dreams.
  4. Color which, like music, is a matter of vibrations, reaches what is most general and therefore most indefinable in nature: its inner power.
  5. Life is hardly more than a fraction of a second. Such a little time to prepare oneself for eternity!
  6. 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.
  7. My eyes close and uncomprehendingly see the dream in the infinite space that stretches away, elusive, before me.
  8. I sit at my door, smoking a cigarette and sipping my absinthe, and I enjoy every day without a care in the world
  9. What still concerns me the most is: am I on the right track, am I making progress, am I making mistakes in art?
  10. Oh mysterious world of all light, thou hast made a light shine within me, and I have grown in admiration of thy antique beauty, which is the immemorial youth of nature.

Paul Gauguin Short Quotes

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  • Let everything about you breathe the calm and peace of the soul.
  • Whatever may happen the sun will rise tomorrow as it rose to-day, beneficent and serene.
  • Today one can dare anything, and, furthermore, nobody is surprised.
  • If you see a tree as blue, then make it blue.
  • A meter of green is greener than a centimeter.
  • The landscape with its violent, pure colours dazzled and blinded me. I was always uncertain.
  • Having the certitude of a succession of days... equally free and beautiful, peace descends on me.
  • Nothing so resembles a daub as a masterpiece.
  • Happiness and work rose up together with the sun, radiant like it.
  • When the physical organism breaks up, the soul survives. It then takes on another body.

Paul Gauguin Quotes On Art

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Art is either plagiarism or revolution. — Paul Gauguin

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. — Paul Gauguin

It is the eye of ignorance that assigns a fixed and unchangeable color to every object; beware of this stumbling block. — Paul Gauguin

Civilization is paralysis. — Paul Gauguin

Seek art and abstraction in nature by dreaming in the presence of it. — Paul Gauguin

I am a great artist and I know it, it is because I am that I have been able to endure so much suffering. — Paul Gauguin

Art requires philosophy, just as philosophy requires art. Otherwise, what would become of beauty? — Paul Gauguin

There is no such thing as exaggerated art. I even believe that there is salvation only in extreme. — Paul Gauguin

A bit of advice, don't copy nature too closely. Art is an abstraction; as you dream amid nature, extrapolate art from it, and concentrate on what you will create as a result. — Paul Gauguin

In art, all who have done something other than their predecessors have merited the epithet of revolutionary; and it is they alone who are masters. — Paul Gauguin

Paul Gauguin Quotes On Colorful

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By the combination of lines and colors, under the pretext of some motif taken from nature, I create symphonies and harmonies that represent nothing absolutely real in the ordinary sense of the word but are intended to give rise to thoughts as music does. — Paul Gauguin

Oh yes! He loved yellow, did good Vincent...When the two of us were together in Arles, both of us insane, and constantly at war over beautiful colors, I adored red; where could I find a perfect vermilion? — Paul Gauguin

Beautiful colors exist, though we do not realize it, and are glimpsed behind the veil that modesty has drawn over them. — Paul Gauguin

Do you know what will soon be the ultimate in truth? - photography, once it begins to reproduce colors, and that won't be long in coming. And yet you want an intelligent man to sweat for months so as to give the illusion he can do something as well as an ingenious little machine can! — Paul Gauguin

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? — Paul Gauguin

Paul Gauguin Quotes On Artist

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Sooner or later people will learn to recognize your worth — Paul Gauguin

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. — Paul Gauguin

Lacking many of the essential implements, it irritated me to be reduced to impotence in the face of artistic projects to which I had passionately given myself. — Paul Gauguin

The great artist is a formulation of the greatest intelligence: he is the recipient of sensations which are the most delicate and consequently the most invisible expressions of the brain. — Paul Gauguin

The public wants to understand and learn in a single day, a single minute, what the artist has spent years learning. — Paul Gauguin

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

Nature has mysterious infinities and imaginative power. It is always varying the productions it offers to us. The artist himself is one of nature's means. — Paul Gauguin

Poor artist! You gave away part of your soul when you painted the picture which you are now trying to dispose of. — Paul Gauguin

Perhaps I have no talent, but all vanity aside - I do not believe that anyone makes an artistic attempt, no matter how small, without having a little - or there are many fools. — Paul Gauguin

My God! How terrible these money questions are for an artist! — Paul Gauguin

Paul Gauguin Quotes On Life

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Life being what it is, one dreams of revenge. — Paul Gauguin

Life has no meaning unless one lives it with a will, at least to the limit of one's will. — Paul Gauguin

Life has no meaning unless one lives it with a will, at least to the limit of one's will. Virtue, good, evil are nothing but words, unless one takes them apart in order to build something with them; they do not win their true meaning until one knows how to apply them. — Paul Gauguin

Life is merely a fraction of a second. An infinitely small amount of time to fulfill our desires, our dreams, our passions. — Paul Gauguin

All the joys - animal and human - of a free life are mine. I have escaped everything that is artificial, conventional, customary. — Paul Gauguin

Look closely at the Japanese; they draw admirably and yet in them you will see life outdoors and in the sun without shadows. — Paul Gauguin

Paul Gauguin Famous Quotes And Sayings

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for Christ's sake, were the mountains blue, then chuck on some blue and don't go telling me that it was a blue a bit like this or like that, it was blue wasn't it? Good - make them blue and that's enough! — Paul Gauguin

Do not finish your work too much. An impression is not sufficiently durable for its first freshness to survive a belated search for infinite detail; in this way you let the lava grow cool. — Paul Gauguin

Proficiency in art is a contract with your self and the empowerment of your self. Not all of us demand or even desire proficiency, but for those who do it's necessary to temper the influence of groups. And while some artists think history is bunk, the historical evidence is overwhelming: "In my isolation I grow stronger." — Paul Gauguin

If I did what has already been done, I would be a plagiarist and would consider myself unworthy; so I do something different and people call me a scoundrel. I'd rather be a scoundrel than a plagiarist! — Paul Gauguin

In order to produce something new, you have to return to the original source, to the childhood of mankind. — Paul Gauguin

There is always a heavy demand for fresh mediocrity. In every generation the least cultivated taste has the largest appetite. — Paul Gauguin

Literary poetry in a painter is something special, and is neither illustration nor the translation of writing by form. — Paul Gauguin

However depressed I may be I am not in the habit of giving up a project without having tried everything, even the 'impossible', to gain my end. — Paul Gauguin

How do you see those tree?... They are yellow. Well then put down yellow. And that shadow is rather blue. So render it with pure ultramarine. Those red leaves? Use vermillion. — Paul Gauguin

In Europe men and women have intercourse because they love each other. In the South Seas they love each other because they have had intercourse. Who is right? — Paul Gauguin

Oh mysterious world... I have become better for having understood and having loved thy human soul - a flower which has ceased to bloom and whose fragrance no one henceforth will breathe. — Paul Gauguin

Beware of luxury! Beware of acquiring the taste and need for it, under the pretext of providing for the morrow. — Paul Gauguin

Sometimes people accuse me of being incomprehensible only because they look for an explicative side to my pictures which is not there. — Paul Gauguin

The critics can say stupid things and we can enjoy them, if we have the legitimate feeling of superiority - the satisfaction of a duty accomplished. — Paul Gauguin

A hint - don't paint too much direct from nature. Art is an abstraction! study nature then brood on it and treasure the creation which will result, which is the only way to ascend towards God - to create like our Divine Master. — Paul Gauguin

No one wants my painting because it is different from other people's peculiar, crazy public that demands the greatest possible degree of originality on the painter's part and yet won't accept him unless his work resembles that of the others! — Paul Gauguin

There are noble tones, ordinary ones, tranquil harmonies, consoling ones, others which excite by their vigour. — Paul Gauguin

Slyly, banteringly, but also overbearingly, the critic - the one who does not swallow anything whole, who waits until posterity has consecrated it before... howling - is among those who howl their admiration the way they howl their insults: don't be afraid, don't tremble - the beast doesn't have any nails or teeth, or even brain: it is stuffed. — Paul Gauguin

The single most powerful tool for winning a negotiation is the ability to get up and walk away from the table without a deal — Paul Gauguin

It was so simple to paint things as I saw them; to put without special calculation a red close to a blue. — Paul Gauguin

With practice the craft will come almost of itself, in spite of you and all the more easitly if you think of something besides technique. — Paul Gauguin

Night is here. All is at rest. My eyes close in order to see without actually understanding the dream that flees before men infinite space; and I experience the languorous sensation produced by the mournful procession of my hopes. — Paul Gauguin

Soon I'll be old and I've done precious little in this world for lack of time. I am always afraid I'll become senile before I've finished what I've undertaken. — Paul Gauguin

I made a promise to keep a watch over myself, to remain master of myself, so that I might become a sure observer. — Paul Gauguin

There are two sorts of beauty; one is the result of instinct, the other of study. A combination of the two, with the resulting modifications, brings with it a very complicated richness, which the art critic ought to try to discover. — Paul Gauguin

I have always wanted a mistress who was fat, and I have never found one. To make a fool of me, they are always pregnant. — Paul Gauguin

There are tonalities which are noble and others which are vulgar, harmonies which are calm or consoling, and others which are exciting because of their boldness. — Paul Gauguin

If instead of a figure you put the shadow only of a person, you have found an original starting point, that strangeness of which you have calculated. — Paul Gauguin

Do you know what will soon be the ultimate in truth? — Paul Gauguin

In painting one must search rather for suggestion than for description, as is done in music. — Paul Gauguin

A critic is someone who meddles with something that is none of his business. — Paul Gauguin

Nail up some indecency in plain sight over your door; from that time forward you will be rid of all respectable people,the most insupportable folk God has created. — Paul Gauguin

Do not copy nature. Art is an abstraction. Rather, bring your art forth by dreaming in front of her and think more of creation. — Paul Gauguin

I have tried to establish the right to dare everything. — Paul Gauguin

We never really know what stupidity is until we have experimented on ourselves. — Paul Gauguin

Art = a mad search for individualism. — Paul Gauguin

I have come to an unalterable decision - to go and live forever in Polynesia. Then I can end my days in peace and freedom, without thoughts of tomorrow and this eternal struggle against idiots. — Paul Gauguin

Why work? The gods are there to lavish upon the faithful the good gifts of nature. — Paul Gauguin

It is well for young men to have a model, but let them draw the curtain over it while they are painting. — Paul Gauguin

How to re-light the fire the very ashes of which are scattered? — Paul Gauguin

I am entering into the truth, into nature. — Paul Gauguin

A great sentiment can be rendered immediately. Dream on it and look for the simplest form in which you can express it. — Paul Gauguin

Take care not to step on the foot of a learned idiot. His bite is incurable. — Paul Gauguin

A critic in my house sees some paintings. Greatly perturbed, he asks for my drawings. My drawings? Never! They are my letters, my secrets. — Paul Gauguin

It is useless to advise solitude for everyone; one must be strong enough to endure it and to work alone. — Paul Gauguin

I'd like to write the way I do my paintings, that is, as fantasy takes me, as the moon dictates. — Paul Gauguin

Wherever I go I need a period of incubation so that I may learn the essence of nature, which never wishes to be understood or yield herself. — Paul Gauguin

It is better to paint from memory, for thus your work will be your own. — Paul Gauguin

In art there are only two types of people: revolutionaries and plagiarists — Paul Gauguin

Silence! I am learning to know the silence of a Tahitian night. — Paul Gauguin

Stay firmly in your path and dare; be wild two hours a day! — Paul Gauguin

Follow the masters! But why should one follow them? The only reason they are masters is that they didn't follow anybody! — Paul Gauguin

Civilization is what makes you sick. — Paul Gauguin

I must confess that I too am a woman and that I am always prepared to applaud a woman who is more daring than I, and is equal to a man in fighting for freedom of behavior. — Paul Gauguin

The work of a man is the explanation of the man. — Paul Gauguin

One's state of mind is three-quarters of what counts, so it has to be carefully nurtured if you want to do something great and lasting. — Paul Gauguin

Go on working, freely and furiously, you will make progress and sooner or later your worth will be recognised, if you have any. — Paul Gauguin

Under the continual contact with the pebbles my feet have become hardened and used to the ground. My body, almost constantly nude, no longer suffers from the sun. Civilization is falling from me little by little. I am beginning to think simply, to feel only very little hatred for my neighbor - rather, to love him. — Paul Gauguin

Why did I hesitate to put all this glory of the sun on my canvas? — Paul Gauguin

Machines have come, art has fled, and I am far from thinking photography can help us. — Paul Gauguin

I was aware that on my skill as a painter would depend the physical and moral possession of the model. — Paul Gauguin

A nude by Degas is chaste. But his women wash in tubs! — Paul Gauguin

In art, there are only two types of people: revolutionaries and plagiarists. And in the end, doesn't the revolutionary's work become official, once the State takes it over? — Paul Gauguin

Life Lessons by Paul Gauguin

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  1. Paul Gauguin believed in living a life of passion and creativity, and encouraged others to do the same. He taught that it is important to take risks and be brave in the pursuit of one's dreams.
  2. He also believed in the power of self-expression and the importance of staying true to oneself. He was a strong advocate for the freedom of artistic expression and encouraged others to embrace their individual creativity.
  3. Finally, Paul Gauguin taught that life is precious and should be lived to the fullest. He encouraged people to make the most of their lives and to take advantage of every opportunity that comes their way.

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