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Paul Cézanne

Paul Cézanne, c. 1861
Born (1839-01-19)19 January 1839
Aix-en-Provence, France
Died 22 October 1906(1906-10-22) (aged 67)
Aix-en-Provence, France
Nationality French
Education Académie Suisse, Aix-Marseille University
Known for Painting
Notable work Mont Sainte-Victoire seen from Bellevue (c. 1885)
Apothéose de Delacroix (1890–1894)
Rideau, Cruchon et Compotier (1893–1894)
The Card Players (1890–1895)
The Bathers (1898–1905)
Movement Post-Impressionism

I must be more sensible and realize that at my age, illusions are hardly permitted and they will always destroy me.
Paul Cezanne
A puny body weakens the soul.
A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art.
Keep good company - that is, go to the Louvre.
I want to die painting.
I could paint for a hundred years, a thousand years without stopping and I would still feel as though I knew nothing.
Paul Cezanne
The day is coming when a single carrot, freshly observed, will set off a revolution.
Paul Cezanne
I paint as if I were Rothschild.
Pure drawing is an abstraction. Drawing and colour are not distinct, everything in nature is coloured.
Paul Cezanne
The world doesn't understand me and I don't understand the world, that's why I've withdrawn from it.
Paul Cezanne
I'll always be grateful to the public of intelligent amateurs.
An art which isn't based on feeling isn't an art at all.
There are two things in the painter, the eye and the mind; each of them should aid the other.
Paul Cezanne
Art is a harmony parallel with nature.
My age and health will never allow me to realize the dream of art I've been pursuing all my life.
Paul Cezanne
Shadow is a colour as light is, but less brilliant; light and shadow are only the relation of two tones.
Paul Cezanne
Optics, developing in us through study, teach us to see.
My nervous system is enfeebled, only work in oils can sustain me.
It's so fine and yet so terrible to stand in front of a blank canvas.
Here, on the river's verge, I could be busy for months without changing my place, simply leaning a little more to right or left.
Paul Cezanne
I allow no one to touch me.
I ask you to pray for me, for once age has overtaken us, we find consolation only in religion.
Paul Cezanne
Tell me, do you think I'm going mad? I sometimes wonder, you know.
Genius is the ability to renew one's emotions in daily experience.
The painter must enclose himself within his work; he must respond not with words, but with paintings.
Paul Cezanne
I lack the magnificent richness of color that animates nature.
I've come to the conclusion that it's not really possible to help others.
Paul Cezanne
Don't be an art critic. Paint. There lies salvation.
The clear French landscape is as pure as a verse of Racine.
It is impossible for emotion not to come on us in thinking of that time now flowed away.
Paul Cezanne
People think how a sugar basin has no physiognomy, no soul. But it changes every day.
Paul Cezanne
You say a new era in art is preparing; you sensed it coming; continue your studies without weakening. God will do the rest.
Paul Cezanne
Is it the factitious and the conventional that most surely succeed on earth and in the course of life?
Paul Cezanne
The truth is in nature, and I shall prove it.
Two sittings a day of my models and I'm totally exhausted.
The awareness of our own strength makes us modest.
Is art really the priesthood that demands the pure in heart who belong to it wholly?
Paul Cezanne
One does not substitute oneself for the past, one merely adds to it a new link.
Paul Cezanne
A thousand painters ought to be killed yearly. Say what you like: I'm every inch a painter.
Paul Cezanne
With an apple I will astonish Paris.
The most seductive thing about art is the personality of the artist himself.
Paul Cezanne
For an Impressionist to paint from nature is not to paint the subject, but to realize sensations.
Paul Cezanne
The artist makes things concrete and gives them individuality.
We live in a rainbow of chaos.
I am more a friend of art than a producer of painting.
I am the primitive of the method I have invented.
With a painter's temperament, all that's needed are the means of expression sufficient to be intelligible to the wide public.
Paul Cezanne
We must not be content to memorize the beautiful formulas of our illustrious predecessors. Let us go out and study beautiful nature.
Paul Cezanne
Painting is damned difficult – you always think you've got it, but you haven't.
Paul Cezanne
I have sworn to die painting.
Painting from nature is not copying the object; it is realizing one's sensations.
Paul Cezanne
Doubtless there are things in nature which have not yet been seen. If an artist discovers them, he opens the way for his successors.
Paul Cezanne
I am a pupil of Pissarro.
When I judge art, I take my painting and put it next to a God made object like a tree or flower. If it clashes, it is not art.
Paul Cezanne
If isolation tempers the strong, it is the stumbling-block of the uncertain.
Paul Cezanne
I have nothing to hide in art. The initial force alone can bring anyone to the end he must attain.
Paul Cezanne