Van Gogh Museum
Vincent van Gogh / In a letter to sister Wil
" What impassions me most--much, much more than all the rest of my métier--is the portrait,
the modern portrait. I seek it in colour, and surely I am not the only one to seek it in this direction.
I should like--mind you, far be it from me to say that I shall be able to do it, although this is what I am aiming at
--I should like to paint portraits which would appear after a century to people living then as apparitions. "
A good picture is equivalent to a good deed.
It's difficult not being outside. It's damned near impossible.
I've got to see the colors. I need to breathe the air.
It is better to be high-spirited even though one makes more mistakes,
than to be narrow-minded and all too prudent.
An artist needn't be a clergyman or a churchwarden,
but he certainly must have a warm heart for his fellow men.
Do not quench your inspiration and your imagination; do not become the slave of your model.
How can I be useful, of what service can I be? There is something inside me, what can it be?
For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.
". . . I am not an adventurer by choice but by fate,
and feeling nowhere so much myself a stranger as in my family and country."
In a picture I want to say something comforting as music is comforting.
I want to paint men and women with that something of the eternal which the halo used to symbolize,
and which we seek to communicate by the actual radiance and vibration of our coloring.
I can very well do without God both in my life and in my painting, but I cannot, suffering as I am,
do without something which is greater than I am, which is my life, the power to create.
I dream of painting and then I paint my dream.
If one feels the need of something grand, something infinite, something that makes one feel aware of God.
One need not go far to find it. I think that I see something deeper, more infnite,
more eternal than the ocean in the expression of the eyes of a little baby when it wakes in the morning and coos
or laughs because it sees the sun shining on its cradle.
I experience a period of frightening clarity in those moments when nature is so beautiful.
I am no longer sure of myself, and the paintings appear as in a dream.
As we advance in life it becomes more and more difficult,
but in fighting the difficulties the inmost strength of the heart is developed.
I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process.
A painting must have heart, soul, passion. Without that it's worthless.
One must work and dare if one really wants to live.
" In either figure or landscape, I should wish to express not sentimental melancholy,
but serious sorrow... I want to progress so far that people will say of my work, he feels deeply, he feels tenderly ."
Look for light and freedom and do not ponder too deeply over the evil in life.''
How rich art is; if one can only remember what one has seen,
one is never without food for thought or truly lonely, never alone.
I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day.
I wish they would only take me as I am.
Poetry surrounds us everywhere, but putting it on paper is,
alas, not so easy as looking at it.
I am trying to do as well as some painters I greatly loved and admired.
If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint,
and that voice will be silenced.
In spite of everything I shall rise again: I will take up my pencil,
which I have forsaken in my great discouragement,
and I will go on with my drawing.
If one is master of one thing and understands one thing well, one has at the same time,
insight into and understanding of many things.
Love always brings difficulties, that is true, but the good side of it is that it gives energy.
It is not the language of painters but the language of nature which one should listen to,
the feeling for the things themselves, for reality is more important than the feeling for pictures.
Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much,
and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well.
I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.
I see drawings and pictures in the poorest of huts and the dirtiest of corners.
Painting is a faith, and it imposes the duty to disregard public opinion.
Paintings have a life of their own that derives from the painter's soul.
I’ve taken a model every day and I’m up to my ears in work.
The more I think about it, the more I realize there is nothing more artistic that to love others.
The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible,
but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore.
Melancholy and pessimism are the diseases from which we civilized people suffer most.
There is no blue without yellow and without orange.
What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?
If boyhood and youth are but vanity, must it not be our ambition to become men?
I paint infinity.
Sad but gentle, yet clear and intelligent, that is how many portraits ought to be done.
A Slightly bitchy assessment of Van Gogh's Dr. Gachet (the person, not the painting)
by Lesley Stern
Paul Gachet, by Norbert Goeneutte, 1891
I think we must not count on Dr. Gachet at all. First of all, he is sicker than I am. . . .
Now when one blind man leads another blind man, don't they both fall into the ditch ?
I’m afraid of remedies that are worse than the disease.
Can you blame a sick person if he looks the doctor straight in the eye and prefers not to be treated wrongly or by a quack ?
*note Letter Vincent to Theo van Gogh. 14 August 1879.
He was, Gachet said, an honest man and a great artist, he had only two aims, humanity and art.
It was art that he prized above everything and which will make his name live.
I am feeling very, very well these days. In the long run I think I shall come to belong to the country altogether.
When I have a terrible need of - shall I say the word - religion. Then I go out and paint the stars.
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