Paul Gauguin

Paul Gauguin

Style: Post-Impressionism

Lived: June 7, 1848 - May 9, 1903 (19th - 20th century)

Nationality: France

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.

Civilization is what makes you sick.

I shut my eyes in order to see.

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

In art, one idea is as good as another. If one takes the idea of trembling, for instance, all of a sudden most art starts to tremble. Michelangelo starts to tremble. El Greco starts to tremble. All the Impressionists start to tremble.

A compromise is the art of dividing a cake in such a way that everyone believes that he has got the biggest piece.

Art is either plagiarism or revolution.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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