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Monday, July 20, 2020

Paul Gauguin and nature


Photo source: Wikimedia Commons, Paul Gauguin


Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) was a French artist best known for his contributions to syntheticism and modern art. Wikipedia says,


"Primitivism was an art movement of late 19th-century painting and sculpture, characterized by exaggerated body proportions, animal totems, geometric designs and stark contrasts. The first artist to systematically use these effects and achieve broad public success was Paul Gauguin." (Wikipedia: Paul Gauguin, 8.3.21 UTC 18:15)


The rest of this post is some quotes from Gauguin.




"Nature has mysterious infinites and imaginative power. It is always varying the productions it offers to us. The artist himself is one of nature's means." (




"There are noble tones, ordinary ones, tranquil harmonies, consoling ones, others which excite by their vigor." (


"Color which, like music, is a matter of vibrations, reaches what is most general and therefore most indefinable in nature: its inner power." (




"By the combination of lines and colors, under the pretext of some motif taken from nature, I create symphonies and harmonies that represent nothing absolutely real in the ordinary sense of the word but are intended to give rise to thoughts as music does." (


"There are two sorts of beauty; one is the result of instinct, the other of study. A combination of the two with the resulting modifications, brings with it a very complicated richness, which the art critic ought to try to discover." (


"Don't copy nature too closely. Art is an abstraction; as you dream amid nature extrapolate art from it and concentrate on what you will create as a result." (


"The great artist is a formulation of the greatest intelligence: he is the recipient of sensations which are the most delicate and consequently the most invisible expressions of the brain." (


"In art, all who have done something other than their predecessors have merited the epithet of revolutionary; and it is they alone who are masters." (