Seek art and abstraction in nature by dreaming in the presence of it.
In painting one must search rather for suggestion than for description, as is done in music.
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.
Look closely at the Japanese; they draw admirably and yet in them you will see life outdoors and in the sun without shadows.
Happiness and work rose up together with the sun, radiant like it.
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!
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.
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.
It is the eye of ignorance that assigns a fixed and unchangeable color to every object; beware of this stumbling block.
Beautiful colors exist, though we do not realize it, and are glimpsed behind the veil that modesty has drawn over them.
All the joys - animal and human - of a free life are mine. I have escaped everything that is artificial, conventional, customary.
Beware of luxury! Beware of acquiring the taste and need for it, under the pretext of providing for the morrow.
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.
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.
It is well for young men to have a model, but let them draw the curtain over it while they are painting.
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?
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.
I sit at my door, smoking a cigarette and sipping my absinthe, and I enjoy every day without a care in the world
The single most powerful tool for winning a negotiation is the ability to get up and walk away from the table without a deal
I made a promise to keep a watch over myself, to remain master of myself, so that I might become a sure observer.
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.
Today one can dare anything, and, furthermore, nobody is surprised.
A nude by Degas is chaste. But his women wash in tubs!
My God! How terrible these money questions are for an artist!
The flat sound of my wooden clogs on the cobblestones, deep, hollow and powerful, is the note I seek in my painting.
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