Paul Gaugin, fully Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin

Gaugin, fully Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin

French Post-Impressionist Artist, Painter, Sculptor, Print-Maker, Ceramist and Writer

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

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

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.

Whatever may happen the sun will rise tomorrow as it rose today, beneficent and serene.

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

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.

Today one can dare anything, and, furthermore, nobody is surprised.

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

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

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.

The work of a man is the explanation of the man.

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

The landscape with its violent, pure colors dazzled and blinded me. I was always uncertain.

The history of modern art is also the history of the progressive loss of art's audience. Art has increasingly become the concern of the artist and the bafflement of the public.

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.

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.

Thanks to our cinctures and corsets we have succeeded in making an artificial being out of woman... we take away from her possibilities of development. Thus modeled... our women have nothing in common with us, and this, perhaps, may not be without grave moral and social disadvantages.

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

Stressing output is the key to improving productivity, while looking to increase activity can result in just the opposite.

Sooner or later people will learn to recognize your worth — if you have any. Above all, don't sweat over a painting; a great sentiment can be rendered immediately. Dream on it and look for the simplest form in which you can express it.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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French Post-Impressionist Artist, Painter, Sculptor, Print-Maker, Ceramist and Writer