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Paul Gauguin Paul Gauguin was the artist who went in search of paradise who did not find it but nonetheless he painted his interpretation of it all the same. Now over a century on from his death on the rare occasion a piece of his artwork comes up for sale they sell for millions of dollars. Posthumous profit is common in the art world because of the finite numbers of works created and the further limitations of collectors hoarding them meaning the rarity value causes the bidding to sky rocket if they ever come up for auction. Gauguin discovered his love for art when he was working as a stockbroker who after seeing a Paris art exhibition decided to take up painting and discovered he had a natural ability to turn brush on canvas into a fusion of bright colour that resolves into images that grasp the attention of the viewer. He worked tirelessly in his spare time and frequented establishments where he could mix with kindred artistic free spirits of the post impressionism era. He became friends and painted with other greats of his era such as Paul Cezanne and Vincent Van Gogh, but somehow it just wasn't enough. Gauguin wanted to free himself of what he saw as the shackles of European culture and express his artistic nature in a utopian paradise he had heard of in the South Pacific; Tahiti. Instead of arriving in a paradise island untouched by European culture he was disappointed to discover the missionaries had been busy brain washing the locals about the European religious belief system. Undeterred (as he was at the point of no return) he created his own vision of Tahitian paradise and his artistic creations went on to inspire generations of artists that dreamt of giving everything up just to pursue an artistic lifestyle free of the stresses of modern urban living. Some of Gauguins quotes are masterpieces in themselves with powerful meaning such as: "There is always a heavy demand for fresh mediocrity. In every generation the least cultivated taste has the largest appetite", I chuckle to myself when I think what Gauguin himself would make of all the mediocre reality television being gratefully lapped up by todays generation. In between the brush strokes of an artist there comes a time for spontaneous comment and this symbolist painter was always good for a one liner so here is my list of 16 of the best Paul Gauguin quotes.

  • Mini Bio
  • Name: Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin
  • Born: 7th June 1848, Paris, France
  • Died: 8th May 1903, Atuona, Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia
  • Occupation: Artist and painter
  • Style: Post impressionist symbolist artist
  • Influenced by: Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Claude Monet, Eugene Delacroix and Gustave Courbet
  • Influenced: Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, André Derain and Henri Matisse
  • Art bizarre: His 1889 artwork called Fruits Sur Une Table Ou Nature Au Petit Chien was stolen in London in 1970 and was subsequently purchased five years later from an Italian railway lost property sale for a mere 45,000 lira (about USD$69)
  • Trivia: A Gauguin artwork from 1892 called Nafea Faa Ipoipo (When Will You Marry?) sold for a mind boggling US$210 million in September 2014

"Colour! What a deep and mysterious language, the language of dreams"

Paul Gauguin

"I am a great artist and I know it. It's because of what I am that I have endured so much suffering, so as to pursue my vocation, otherwise I would consider myself a rogue which is what many people think I am"

Paul Gauguin

"Painting is the most beautiful of all arts. In it, all sensations are condensed, at its aspect everyone may create romance at the will of his imagination"

Paul Gauguin

"Life being what it is, one dreams of revenge and has to content oneself with dreaming"

Paul Gauguin

"It is the eye of ignorance that assigns a fixed and unchangeable color to every object; beware of this stumbling block"

Paul Gauguin

"There is always a heavy demand for fresh mediocrity. In every generation the least cultivated taste has the largest appetite"

Paul Gauguin

"I shut my eyes to see"

Paul Gauguin

"Civilization is what makes you sick"

Paul Gauguin

"Art is either plagiarism or revolution"

Paul Gauguin

"A young man who is unable to commit a folly is already an old man"

Paul Gauguin

"A time will come when people will think I am a myth, or rather something the newspapers have made up"

Paul Gauguin

"There is no such thing as exaggerated art. I even believe that there is salvation only in extreme"

Paul Gauguin

"I do not paint by copying nature. Everything I do springs from my wild imagination"

Paul Gauguin

"Art equals a mad search for individualism"

Paul Gauguin

"I begin to feel an enormous need to become savage and to create a new world"

Paul Gauguin

"A critic is someone who meddles with something that is none of his business"

Paul Gauguin





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