Paul Gauguin ~ Inner Power Of Color
"Color which, like music, is a matter of vibrations, reaches what is most general and therefore most indefinable in nature: its inner power.”
― Paul Gauguin
A Seashore (Martinique), 1887
Pissarro ~ The Wish Of An Artist
"Painting, art in general, enchants me. It is my life. What else matters? When you put all your soul into a work, all that is noble in you, you cannot fail to find a kindred soul who understands you, and you do not need a host of such spirits. Is not that all an artist should wish for?"
Camille Pissarro (1831 - 1903)
The Garden in Pontoise, 1877
Vincent Van Gogh ~ Paintings Are Everywhere
"What am I in the eyes of most people — a nonentity, an eccentric, or an unpleasant person — somebody who has no position in society and will never have; in short, the lowest of the low. All right, then — even if that were absolutely true, then I should one day like to show by my work what such an eccentric, such a nobody, has in his heart. That is my ambition, based less on resentment than on love in spite of everything, based more on a feeling of serenity than on passion. Though I am often in the depths of misery, there is still calmness, pure harmony and music inside me. I see paintings or drawings in the poorest cottages, in the dirtiest corners. And my mind is driven towards these things with an irresistible momentum.”
― Vincent van Gogh
Vincent van Gogh, 1866
Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890)
Trees in the Asylum Garden, 1889.
Henri Matisse ~ We Belong To Our Time
“...for whether we want to or not, we belong to our time and we share in its opinions, its feelings, even its delusions.”
― Henri Matisse
Henri Matisse at work on his Cut-Outs at his home in Nice, 1953
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Henri Matisse, The Reader, Marguerite Matisse
Pierre Auguste Renoir ~ Beauty And Art
"To my mind, a picture should be something pleasant, cheerful, and pretty, yes pretty! There are too many unpleasant things in life as it is without creating still more of them.”
Camille Monet and her son Jean in the Garden at Argenteuil, 1874.
Pierre Auguste Renoir
Francis Bacon ~ Imagination
"Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not..."
Francis Bacon (1909-1992)
Study for the Nurse in the Battleship Potemkin, 1957.
Frida Kahlo ~ The Strangest Person In The World
“I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it's true I'm here, and I'm just as strange as you.”
― Frida Kahlo
Frida Kahlo in Mexico City, 1951
Amedeo Modigliani ~ Save Your Dream
It is your duty in life to save your dream.”
― Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920)
Amedeo Modigliani, Christina, 1916
“Night is a world lit by itself”
Gaston La Touche (1854-1913)
De L'intrigue Nocturne
Oil on canvas
Anna Kavan ~ Life As A Result Of Tension
"Life is tension or the result of tension; without tension the creative impulse cannot exist. If human life be taken as the result of tension between the two polarities night and day, night, the negative pole, must share equal importance with the positive day. At night, under the influence of cosmic radiations quite different from those of the day, human affairs are apt to come to a crisis. At night most human beings die and are born."
Anna Kavan (Helen Woods, 1901-1968) was a British novelist, short story writer and painter.