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!
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.
In art one is concerned with the condition of the spirit for three quarters of the time; one must therefore care for oneself if he wishes to make something great and lasting.
A critic in my house sees some paintings. Greatly perturbed, he asks for my drawings. My drawings? Never! They are my letters, my secrets.
In painting one must search rather for suggestion than for description, as is done in music.
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.
Why did I hesitate to put all this glory of the sun on my canvas?
Machines have come, art has fled, and I am far from thinking photography can help us.
There is always a heavy demand for fresh mediocrity. In every generation the least cultivated taste has the largest appetite.
Look closely at the Japanese; they draw admirably and yet in them you will see life outdoors and in the sun without shadows.
There are noble tones, ordinary ones, tranquil harmonies, consoling ones, others which excite by their vigour.
Art requires philosophy, just as philosophy requires art. Otherwise, what would become of beauty?
A great sentiment can be rendered immediately. Dream on it and look for the simplest form in which you can express it.
Sometimes people accuse me of being incomprehensible only because they look for an explicative side to my pictures which is not there.
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.
Do you know what will soon be the ultimate in truth?
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.
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?
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.
The landscape with its violent, pure colours dazzled and blinded me. I was always uncertain.
When the physical organism breaks up, the soul survives. It then takes on another body.
Follow the masters! But why should one follow them? The only reason they are masters is that they didn't follow anybody!
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?
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.
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.
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