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Painting Van Gogh Quotes


"Van Gogh was impulsive." - Joni Mitchell

"Van Gogh would"ve sold more than one painting if he"d put tigers in them." - Bill Watterson

"Van Gogh would've sold more than one painting if he'd put tigers in them." - Bill Watterson

"I rage against Vincent van Gogh for needing to die at 37, after painting for only ten years." - Jerry Saltz

"I don't think it was pain that made [Vincent Van Gogh] great - I think his painting brought him whatever happiness he had." - David Lynch

"Art has become more than painting, sculpture or music: art is more than Van Gogh painting a landscape or Wagner composing an opera. The whole of reality itself has become the object of art." - Paul Virilio

"When van Gogh paints sunflowers, he reveals, or achieves, the vivid relation between himself, as man, and the sunflower, as sunflower, at that quick moment of time. His painting does not represent the sunflower itself. We shall never know what the sunflower itself is. And the camera will visualize the sunflower far more perfectly than van Gogh can." - D H Lawrence

"Loneliness is a kind of prison. [Vincent Van Gogh]" - Irving Stone

"I was envious of [Vincent] Van Gogh because I could never make a painting that beautiful! (Ridiculous, I know.) That was when the character of Ivy [Wilkes] began to take shape for me." - Liza Campbell

"I'm not sure that Van Gogh got up in the morning and looked at the crows and the bizarre clouds and went damn that's a good painting, you know? No, he considered shooting himself, and one day he did." - Mick Farren

"My first sense of myself was as an artist, a painter. I would see a Van Gogh painting and just love it, the more emotional and passionate the more it attracted me." - Philip Schultz

"But I owe something to Vincent [Van Gogh], and that is... the confirmation of my own original ideas about painting. And also, at difficult moments, the remembrance that one finds others unhappier than oneself." - Paul Gauguin

"My app is the same juicy paint used by Vincent Van Gogh; my screen is the woven canvas of Titian. Painting by hand, I've come to figure, is a certain kind of love." - Robert Genn

"I was at an art museum with my parents, and was quite taken with a [Vincent] Van Gogh painting. I stood admiring the painting for some time, and then realized that in addition to feeling moved by the beauty of the painting, I felt a little jealous of the painter." - Liza Campbell

"I had a Vincent van Gogh, a small Provencal landscape. We sold it. If you're going to have a van Gogh it should be a really good van Gogh." - Pierre Berge

"It is not a certain conformity of manners that the painting of Van Gogh attacks, but rather the conformity of institutions themselves. And even external nature, with her climates, her tides, and her equinoctial storms, cannot, after Van Gogh's stay upon earth, maintain the same gravitation." - Antonin Artaud

"I will be an artist. I am sure I will. [Vincent Van Gogh]" - Irving Stone

"It's so easy to love. The only hard thing is to be loved. [Vincent Van Gogh]" - Irving Stone

"Someday my paintings will be hanging in the Louvre. [Vincent Van Gogh]" - Irving Stone

"Mozart. Vivaldi. Van Gogh. Stretched their genius on struggle, stress and survival." - Billy Cannon

"I think that Van Gogh is really the ultimate crazy artist that we all think of." - Ellen Forney

"So, okay, I'm not a genius. Vincent Van Gogh and Albert Einstein were geniuses." - Bonnie Bassler

"We shot that in all the real places where Van Gogh worked." - Vincente Minnelli

"It's only a few nutcases who do art for themselves, like Van Gogh." - David Bailey

"I thought it would be very nice to become Picasso or Rembrandt, or a van Gogh." - Dick Bruna

"I always liked the Van Gogh story because I was terribly involved in that." - Vincente Minnelli

"I have many favorite artists... Van Gogh as one, but he didn't really sing a lot!" - Colin Mochrie

"I remind myself Vincent van Gogh died without having sold a single painting. Like, art is not measured by the trappings that people attached to it. It's the thing itself, and so, as you know, it's been a dream of mine to write songs for Disney, and so, it's really exciting to finally hear. It's two and a half years." - Lin-Manuel Miranda

"People are fond of spouting out the old cliche about how Van Gogh never sold a painting in his lifetime. Somehow his example serves to justify to us, decades later, that there is somehow merit in utter failure. Perhaps, but the man did commit suicide." - Hugh Macleod

"What is drawing? It is working oneself through an invisible iron wall that seems to stand between what one feels and what one can do. - Vincent van Gogh, The Letters of Vincent van Gogh to His Brother" - Hokusai

"It may be a point of great pride to have a Van Gogh on the living room wall, but the prospects of having Van Gogh himself in the living room would put a great many devoted art lovers to rout." - Ben Shahn

"And then I went round the corner and there's a Van Gogh portrait, and you just think, well, this is another level. A higher level, actually. I love the Sargent, but it's not the level of Van Gogh." - David Hockney

"Monet, Manet, Sisley, Renoir, Van Gogh and others went outside to paint for one simple reason - it looks different outside." - Mike Svob

"You cannot be the good all the time - sometimes it is necessary to get angry. [Vincent Van Gogh]" - Irving Stone

"Genius gives birth, talent delivers. What Rembrandt or Van Gogh saw in the night can never be seen again." - Jack Kerouac

"Then I abandoned comics for fine art because I had some romantic vision of being like Vincent Van Gogh Jr." - Bill Griffith

"My friend, the Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh, was murdered in 2004 for having been insufficiently reverent toward Islam." - Ayaan Hirsi Ali

"I'm one of the more pessimistic cats on the planet. I make Van Gogh look like a rodeo clown." - Dennis Miller

"There are plenty of millionaires who would pay millions to hang a Van Gogh painting on the wall, but hardly one that would have ever had the crazy nut over for dinner. I feel like the big companies are like that with musicians. They'll say, 'We love music! It's all about the music!' - but if a musician shows up at the door, they call security." - Derek Sivers

"Keep painting your demons." - Jack Beal

"I love painting." - Heidi Klum

"I feel close to Marvin Gaye, Vincent van Gogh, because nobody appreciated his work until he was dead. Now it's worth millions." - Tupac Shakur

"The whole idea of comparing climbers is ludicrous. It would be like sitting Van Gogh down with Rembrandt and saying, Ready, get set, go." - Pat Ament

"Learn to trust yourself. That's very vital. ... Just stand with yourself. Remember, in his lifetime, Van Gogh sold only two paintings. I personally sold even fewer." - Eric Idle

"Van Gogh was asked how he created such beautiful paintings. He said I dream my paintings and then I paint my dreams." - Bob Proctor

"I have got an iPad, what a joy! Van Gogh would have loved it, and he could have written his letters on it as well." - David Hockney

"My velvet Elvis means the world to me. Although he may not be worth much dough, he means more to me than some old Rembrandt or Van Gogh." - Al Yankovic

"Sex doesn't sell as well as we thought. If we would not sell the Van Gogh and Co., it would be a very serious problem." - Patrick Demarchelier

"I think a single sentence by Van Gogh is better than the whole work of all the art critics and art historians put together." - John Olsen

"Everyone said to Vincent van Gogh, "You can't be a great painter, you only have one ear." And you know what he said? "I can't hear you." - Steve Carell

"Vincent Van Gogh, who said to the hat salesman, I like it, but it keeps sliding over my ear. Never got a dinner!" - Red Buttons

"Art and resistance are great together. That's what art's made for. Look at Vincent van Gogh: He didn't cut off his ear because he was selling well." - Albert Brooks

"Van Gogh writing his brother for paints Hemingway testing his shotgun Celine going broke as a doctor of medicine the impossibility of being human" - Charles Bukowski

"The significant element that is common to Rivera, Siqueros, Picasso, Pollock, Van Gogh and Frida Kahlo is the expression of pain." - Billy Cannon

"I don't care if people think I am an overactor, as long as they enjoy what I do. People who think that would call Van Gogh an overpainter." - Jim Carrey

"I loved moustaches. I used to draw myself with one. When I was 14, I was really into war and Van Gogh." - Billy Childish

"If I could have any artist's work on my sitting room wall it would probably be by Van Gogh or Picasso." - Juliet Stevenson

"Your work may be great and not make its way into the big picture... like Van Gogh... so who's to say what's good and bad?" - Frank Gehry

"What if Van Gogh had taken medication for his mental illness? Would the world have been deprived of a great artist?" - Peter D. Kramer

"One association with the arts that I vividly remember was a magazine called Normal Instructor, a teachers' magazine, that Miss George would hold up with illustrations of great artworks like [Vincent] van Gogh and Rembrandt [van Rijn]." - Paul Smith

"That's one thing that's always, like, been a difference between, like, the performing arts, and being a painter, you know. A painter does a painting, and he paints it, and that's it, you know. He has the joy of creating it, it hangs on a wall, and somebody buys it, and maybe somebody buys it again, or maybe nobody buys it and it sits up in a loft somewhere until he dies. But he never, you know, nobody ever, nobody ever said to Van Gogh, 'Paint a Starry Night again, man!' You know? He painted it and that was it." - Joni Mitchell

"I knew that I had to find out more about van Gogh. Even though I was far too young, and felt I did not have sufficient technique to write a book about Vincent van Gogh, I knew I had to try. If I didn't I would never write anything else." - Irving Stone

"Someone who copies a Van Gogh does not therefore become Van Gogh, and the same would go for Mozart or anyone else who contributed something that was original. Certainly in the way that I described visualizing numbers in abstract, meaningful shapes." - Daniel Tammet

"What makes people the world over stand in line for Van Gogh is not that they will see beautiful pictures but that in an indefinable way they will come away feeling better human beings. And that is exactly what Van Gogh hoped for." - John Russell

"Painting was called silent poetry and poetry speaking painting." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Painting is literature in colors. Literature is painting in language." - Pramoedya Ananta Toer

"Painting is silent poetry, and poetry painting that speaks." - Simonides of Ceos

"Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks." - Plutarch

"I learned a lot of painting tricks painting outside." - James Rosenquist

"Basically painting is total idiocy." - Robert Rauschenberg

"Photography is painting with light" - Miroslav Tichy

"Painting is a jeu d'esprit." - Pablo Picasso

"Painting taught literature to describe." - Orhan Pamuk

"Painting demands an intelligent model." - Vincent Van Gogh

"Mr. Van Buren, your friends may be leaving you but my friends never leave me." - Andrew Jackson

"It would be horrible if there was no competition. It's what people want to see - they either like you or they don't. Not everybody likes Van Gogh. Or Bob Dylan! So you have Neil Young...or Ozzy Osbourne." - Kate Hudson

"The artist cannot look to others to validate his efforts or his calling. If you don't believe me, ask Van Gogh, who produced masterpiece after masterpiece and never found a buyer in his whole life." - Steven Pressfield

"When I have a terrible need of - shall I say the word -religion. Then I go out and paint the stars. -Vincent Van Gogh A mistake is simply another way of doing things." - Katharine Graham

"Michael Jordan didn't become a great basketball player because he wanted to do product endorsements. Van Gogh didn't become a great painter because he dreamed that one day his paintings would sell for $50 million." - Jack D. Schwager

"Michael Jordan did' become a great basketball player because he wanted to do product endorsements. Van Gogh did' become a great painter because he dreamed that one day his paintings would sell for $50 million." - Jack D. Schwager

"Van Gogh, among others, believed in the religion of art, which, whatever else it involved, made it clear that art is more than the sum of its material characteristics and not simply a reflection of everyday life." - Donald Kuspit

"If you're starting to lose your faith in the general intelligence of the American populous, there's nothing like them mistaking pop culture for Van Gogh as a sign that people still read their history books and care about art." - Ben Feldman

"Someday I would love to write about Vincent van Gogh - his paintings and letters continue to inspire me very much. But it remains hard to find the time and inner rest to write." - Henri Nouwen

"Van Gogh is the best example of how a person can be on the right track, propelled by gut feeling and some kind of strange obsessive stubborn conviction, that no one seems to understand." - Jim Rowe

"When a 'Life of Brian' comes out with Muhammad in the lead role, directed by an Arab equivalent of Theo van Gogh, it will be a huge step forward." - Ayaan Hirsi Ali

"I can't cut off an ear everyday. Do the Van Gogh here and the Mozart there. Anyway it's exhausting enough always having to check up on what one is really doing!." - Martin Kippenberger

"I thought maybe I could become like the next Van Gogh. I bought a sunflower and painted it, and it looked like the work of a 6-year-old." - Takeshi Kitano

"There's the artist's intimacy and truthfulness to himself, but an equal intimacy to the Other [the one drawn]. Picasso drawings are like that... the Rembrandts are like that. The artist who most often did that was Van Gogh." - John Berger

"The terrorists who committed the 2003 Istanbul attacks were locals, that is, Turks. And when filmmaker Theo van Gogh was murdered in the Netherlands last year, the murderer and his supporters were also part of the Muslim community." - Otto Schily

"I have to accept my role. I will never kill myself like Vincent Van Gogh. Nor will I paint beautiful water lilies like Monet. I can't do that. I'm in the idiot role of being a kiddie book person." - Maurice Sendak

"My wife was the first art collector in the family, and I didn't become interested until around 1973. The first important artwork we bought was a Van Gogh drawing of two peasant houses in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer." - Eli Broad

"Painting is a means of self-enlightenment." - John Olsen

"Without intent all painting is meaningless." - Christopher Willard

"Nature engenders the science of painting" - Robert Delaunay

"Dutch painting: daily life is enough." - Mason Cooley

"Moonlight is sculpture; sunlight is painting." - Nathaniel Hawthorne

"Without atmosphere a painting is nothing." - Rembrandt

"Intensity is all that matters in painting." - John Piper

"Geometry is the foundation of all painting." - Albrecht Durer

"Eloquence is the painting of thought ..." - Blaise Pascal

"Each painting evolves freely and independently." - Fernando Araujo Perdomo

"For me, painting is like meditation." - Janet Fish

"Painting is saying "Ta" to God." - Stanley Spencer

"Abstract painting is abstract. It confronts you...." - Jackson Pollock

"A man posing for a painting." - David Hume

"Painting is another form of thinking." - Gerhard Richter

"Painting is an investigation of being." - Squeak Carnwath

"Writing is fifty years behind painting." - Brion Gysin

"Writing is the painting of the voice." - Voltaire

"Every song is like a painting." - Dick Dale

"Wine pricing is an art - like painting." - Joe Bastianich

"I found I have to stay painting." - Alan Bean

"Painting is by nature a luminous language." - Robert Delaunay

"Nature engenders the science of painting." - Robert Delaunay

"The substance of painting is light." - Andre Derain

"Painting becomes interesting when it becomes timeless." - Peter Doig

"Eloquence is a painting of the thoughts." - Blaise Pascal

"I will keep painting until I die." - Yayoi Kusama

"Painting is a hobby for me." - Renee O'Connor

"A poem is like a painting." - Horace

"Painting is a coalescing of experience." - Richard Phillips

"If you call painting dumb poetry, the painter may call poetry blind painting." - Leonardo Da Vinci

"It is not about painting life, it is about making painting alive." - Paul Cezanne

"Painting is self-discovery. You arrive at the image through the act of painting." - Adolph Gottlieb

"Photoshop came out of painting, and now it's going back to painting." - David Hockney

"A painting is music you can see and music is a painting you can hear." - Miles Davis

"It's not a matter of painting life, it's a matter of giving life to painting." - Pierre Bonnard

"Objective painting is not good painting unless it is good in the abstract sense." - Georgia O'Keeffe

"Only when painting isn't painting can there be an affront to modesty." - Pablo Picasso

"Pop Art is not painting because painting must have content and emotion." - Grace Hartigan

"I don't like painting flowers in my music. I like painting guts and pain." - Jonathan Davis

"It's not about perfection. What's a perfect painting? What's interesting about a perfect painting?" - Peter Doig

"You're going to react to a painting in a way that the painting demands you react." - Greil Marcus

"I didn't know a van could go up on two wheels like that, for so long." -Nudge" - James Patterson

"I just realized that I never look at a painting and ask, 'Is this painting fictional or non-fictional?' It's just a painting." - Scott McClanahan

"My primary thing is to make a painting, not necessarily to make a painting to sell for gazillions of dollars, but just to make a painting." - Eric Fischl

"Genius gives birth, talent delivers. What Rembrandt or Van Gogh saw in the night can never be seen again. Born writers of the future are amazed already at what they're seeing now, what we'll all see in time for the first time, and then see imitated many times by made writers." - Jack Kerouac

"They say that art comes from the soul. The more drama in an artist's life, the more he can draw on for his art. Van Gogh and Picasso had troubled souls, but poor Steve Kaufman has been shot once, stabbed 3 times - all by women. That is a lot of drama for great art." - Robin Leach

"When the bad stuff was really intense in my life, it was really what you would call writer's block. Your facility is just not as good because you feel so bad. I've heard of people right on the verge of suicide coming up with some of their best work. I wish I could think of an example, other than Van Gogh, perhaps!" - John Fogerty

"Technology is mechanical and contrary to the emotions that inform a person's life. The country music field has especially been hit hard by this. All my songs have been written by people who went out of fashion years ago. Just like da Vinci and Renoir and van Gogh. Nobody paints like that anymore. But it can't be wrong to try." - Bob Dylan

"A genial and cultured Arab, Ameen Rihani, whose English is perfect and whose eloquence is astounding. He will discuss with equal eagerness and knowledge the merits of Picasso or Van Gogh, or the Zionist question, or the British achievements in Arabia." - Kenneth Williams

"Although most of us know Vincent van Gogh in Arles and Paul Gauguin in Tahiti as if they were neighbors - somewhat disreputable but endlessly fascinating - none of us can name two French generals or department store owners of that period. I take enormous pride in considering myself an artist, one of the necessaries." - James A Michener

"I would say that Mickey Mouse has a greater influence on the American public than Shakespeare, Milton, Dante, Rabelais, Shostakovitch, Lenin, and/or Van Gogh. Which says 'What?' about the American Public. Disneyland remains the central attraction of Southern California, but the graveyard remains our reality." - Charles Bukowski

"When a chess player looks at the board, he does not see a static mosaic, a 'still life', but a magnetic field of forces, charged with energy - as Faraday saw the stresses surrounding magnets and currents as curves in space; or as Van Gogh saw vortices in the skies of Provence." - Arthur Koestler

"Inarticulate wretches have been behind most of the major advances in civilization. If Vincent Van Gogh had been able to get on with his neighbours, then he might have become an excellent painter-decorator, and received a big turn out at his funeral, and that would be that. But the genes wouldn't let him." - Declan Lynch

"The similarity between Van Gogh, Haiku poetry, and good photography is the concern for mortality. That things are very fleeting, that there are people who are more sensitive to death than others. The threat of time is of great concern to them. And the camera is a very appropriate instrument for many." - Dennis Stock

"Watching the news inspires me to keep going and reminds me why I should never complain. I'm inspired by those who don't let others define them: Martin Luther King Jr., James Dean, Vincent Van Gogh, Hillary Clinton, Tennessee Williams, director Steve McQueen. They've all changed the conversation by making their voices heard." - Robert Piper

"Artists are mostly shits of the worst order. You wouldn't want one living next door to you. Think about it: Vincent Van Gogh living next door, coming over to borrow your ear and a cup of sugar every morning-Good God!" - Stan Brakhage

"Van Gogh was so under appreciated in his time, he sold only one of his 900 paintings while alive. Posthumously, he became one of the most famous artists of all time and his work is now considered priceless. Oh the irony." - Vincent Van Gogh

"In general, you have great artists who have died far too early and who have left great cultural impact. If you look at people like Vincent van Gogh or Jean-Michel Basquiat-there's a long, long list of artists who have died in tragic circumstances, and far, far too early." - Simon de Pury



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