"I am living in silent contemplation of nature, devoting myself entirely to my art. Without that, there is no salvation; and it is the best means of keeping physical pain at bay. In that way, I acquire the strength to live without too much bitterness towards my fellows."
"I like Brittany, I find a certain wildness and primitiveness here. When my clogs resound on this granite soil I hear the dull, matt, powerful tone I'm looking for in my painting."
"A hint; don't paint too much direct from nature. Art is an abstraction - study nature, then brood on it and treasure the creation which will result."
"in art, truth is what a person feels in the state of mind he happens to be in.."
"Be an Impressionist to the bitter end, and be afraid of nothing."
"My mind is made up - soon I shall go to Tahiti, a small island in Oceania, where material life can be lived without money. There I want to forget all the bad things of the past, and die unbeknownst to people here, free to paint without any concern for glory. I judge that my art is only a seedling thus far, and out there I hope to cultivate it for my own pleasure, in it's primitive and savage state... here Gauguin is finished, and nothing more will be seen of him. I will not think of death - but on the contrary, I shall dream of eternal life."
Gauguin (1848 - 1903)