Paul CÃ©zanne, c.â€‰1861
19 January 1839|
|Died||22 October 1906
|Education||AcadÃ©mie Suisse, Aix-Marseille University|
|Notable work||Mont Sainte-Victoire seen from Bellevue (c.â€‰1885)
ApothÃ©ose de Delacroix (1890â€“1894)
Rideau, Cruchon et Compotier (1893â€“1894)
The Card Players (1890â€“1895)
The Bathers (1898â€“1905)
I must be more sensible and realize that at my age, illusions are hardly permitted and they will always destroy me.
I could paint for a hundred years, a thousand years without stopping and I would still feel as though I knew nothing.
The day is coming when a single carrot, freshly observed, will set off a revolution.
Pure drawing is an abstraction. Drawing and colour are not distinct, everything in nature is coloured.
The world doesn't understand me and I don't understand the world, that's why I've withdrawn from it.
There are two things in the painter, the eye and the mind; each of them should aid the other.
My age and health will never allow me to realize the dream of art I've been pursuing all my life.
Shadow is a colour as light is, but less brilliant; light and shadow are only the relation of two tones.
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.
I ask you to pray for me, for once age has overtaken us, we find consolation only in religion.
The painter must enclose himself within his work; he must respond not with words, but with paintings.
I've come to the conclusion that it's not really possible to help others.
It is impossible for emotion not to come on us in thinking of that time now flowed away.
People think how a sugar basin has no physiognomy, no soul. But it changes every day.
You say a new era in art is preparing; you sensed it coming; continue your studies without weakening. God will do the rest.
Is it the factitious and the conventional that most surely succeed on earth and in the course of life?
Is art really the priesthood that demands the pure in heart who belong to it wholly?
One does not substitute oneself for the past, one merely adds to it a new link.
A thousand painters ought to be killed yearly. Say what you like: I'm every inch a painter.
The most seductive thing about art is the personality of the artist himself.
For an Impressionist to paint from nature is not to paint the subject, but to realize sensations.
With a painter's temperament, all that's needed are the means of expression sufficient to be intelligible to the wide public.
We must not be content to memorize the beautiful formulas of our illustrious predecessors. Let us go out and study beautiful nature.
Painting is damned difficult – you always think you've got it, but you haven't.
Painting from nature is not copying the object; it is realizing one's sensations.
Doubtless there are things in nature which have not yet been seen. If an artist discovers them, he opens the way for his successors.
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.
If isolation tempers the strong, it is the stumbling-block of the uncertain.
I have nothing to hide in art. The initial force alone can bring anyone to the end he must attain.