There are noble tones, ordinary ones, tranquil harmonies, consoling ones, others which excite by their vigour.
1885 Letter to Emile Schuffenecker.
You may dream freely when you listen to music as well as when you look at painting. When you read a book you are the slave of the author's mind.Paul Gauguin
With this painting, I tried to make everything breathe faith, quiet suffering, religious and primitive style and great nature with its scream.Paul Gauguin
Many people say that I don't know how to draw because I don't draw particular forms. When will they understand that execution, drawing and color (in other words, style) must be in harmony with the poem?Paul Gauguin
Life being what it is, one dreams of revenge and has to content oneself with dreaming.Paul Gauguin
I must confess that I too am a woman and that I am always prepared to applaud a woman who is more daring than I, and is equal to a man in fighting for freedom of behavior.Paul Gauguin
A great sentiment can be rendered immediately. Dream on it and look for the simplest form in which you can express it.Paul Gauguin
Nature has mysterious infinities and imaginative power. It is always varying the productions it offers to us. The artist himself is one of nature's means.Paul Gauguin
A young man who is unable to commit a folly is already an old man.Paul Gauguin
In order to produce something new, you have to return to the original source, to the childhood of mankind.Paul Gauguin
A time will come when people will think I am a myth, or rather something the newspapers have made up.Paul Gauguin
My eyes close and uncomprehendingly see the dream in the infinite space that stretches away, elusive, before me.Paul Gauguin
No one wants my painting because it is different from other people's peculiar, crazy public that demands the greatest possible degree of originality on the painter's part and yet won't accept him unless his work resembles that of the others!Paul Gauguin
In art, there are only two types of people: revolutionaries and plagiarists. And in the end, doesn't the revolutionary's work become official, once the State takes it over?Paul Gauguin