Paul Gauguin “Quotes” | French Modern Artist (1848-1903)

June 8, 2009

Paul Gauguin “Quotes”
Civilization is what makes you sick.

Concentrate your strengths against your competitor’s relative weaknesses.

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.

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

I shut my eyes in order to see.

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.

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

Life being what it is, one dreams of revenge.

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.

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

Many excellent cooks are spoilt by going into the arts.

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

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.

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

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

Paul Gauguin Biography
Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin (7 June 1848 – 8 May 1903) was a leading Post-Impressionist painter. His bold experimentation with colouring led directly to the Synthetist style of modern art while his expression of the inherent meaning of the subjects in his paintings, under the influence of the cloisonnist style, paved the way to Primitivism and the return to the pastoral. He was also an influential exponent of wood engraving and woodcuts as art forms.

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