Vincent Van Gogh Quotes & Wallpapers

Vincent Van Gogh
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One can never study nature too much and too hard Vincent Van Gogh

For myself, I declare I don't know anything about it. But the sight of the stars always makes me dream. Vincent Van Gogh

Painting is a faith and that it brings with it the duty to pay no heed to public opinion - and that in it one conquers by perseverance and not by giving in. Vincent Van Gogh

Love makes one calmer about things, and that way, one is fit for one's work. Vincent Van Gogh

But after all I find in my work an echo of what struck me. I see that nature has told me something, has spoken to me, and that I have put it down in shorthand. In my shorthand there may be words that cannot be deciphered. There may be mistakes or gap Vincent Van Gogh

Art is something greater and higher than our own skill or knowledge or learning. That art is something which, though produced by human hands, is not wrought by hands alone, but wells up from a deeper source, from a man's soul. Vincent Van Gogh

Bookstores always remind me that there are good things in this world. Vincent Van Gogh

I believe more and more that God must not be judged on this earth. It is one of His sketches that has turned out badly. Vincent Van Gogh

Even this artistic life, which we know is not real life, appears to me to be so alive and so vital that it would be a form ingratitude not to be content with it. Vincent Van Gogh

My brushwork is quite unsystematic. I slam the paint on in all sorts of ways and leave each result to take care of itself. Vincent Van Gogh

The more I think about it, the more I realize there is nothing more artistic that to love others. Vincent Van Gogh

Now for the past five years or so, I don't know how long exactly, I have been more or less without permanent employment, wandering from pillar to post. You will say, ever since such and such a time you have been going downhill, you have been feeble, you have done nothing. Is that entirely true? Vincent Van Gogh

It is with the reading of books the same as with looking at pictures; one must, without doubt, without hesitations, with assurance, admire what is beautiful. Vincent Van Gogh

I dream of painting and then I paint my dream. Vincent Van Gogh

Do not quench your inspiration and your imagination; do not become the slave of your model. Vincent Van Gogh

How can I be useful, of what service can I be? There is something inside me, what can it be? Vincent Van Gogh

I would rather die of passion than of boredom. Vincent Van Gogh

I believe that one thinks much more soundly if the thoughts arise from direct contact with things, than if one looks at things with the aim of finding this or that in them. Vincent Van Gogh

I lost my job as an art salesman. It was the customer's fault. He wanted to buy the wrong paintings. Vincent Van Gogh

It was Richepin who said somewhere, 'The love of art means loss of real love'... True, but on the other hand, real love makes you disgusted with art. Vincent Van Gogh

I had a new idea in my head... this time it's just simply my bedroom, only here colour is to do everything, and, giving by its simplification a grander style to things, is to be suggestive here of rest or of sleep in general. In a word, to look at the picture ought to rest the brain or rather the imagination. Vincent Van Gogh

Seeing that I am so busily occupied with myself just now, I want to try to paint my self-portrait in writing. Vincent Van Gogh

I've just kept on ceaselessly painting in order to learn painting. Vincent Van Gogh

Of course my moods change, but the average is serenity. I have a firm faith in art, a firm confidence in its being a powerful stream which carries a man to a harbor, though he himself must do his bit too; at all events, I think it such a great blessing when a man has found his work that I cannot count myself among the unfortunate. I mean, I may be in certain relatively great difficulties, and there may be gloomy days in my life, but I shouldn't like to be counted among the unfortunate, nor would it be correct if I were. Vincent Van Gogh

Ideas for work are coming to me in abundance...I'm going like a painting-locomotive. Vincent Van Gogh

Conscience is a man's compass, and though the needle sometimes deviates, though one often perceives irregularities in directing one's course by it, still one must try to follow its direction. Vincent Van Gogh

I am working with the enthusiasm of a man from Marseilles eating bouillabaisse, which shouldn't come as a surprise to you because I am busy painting huge sunflowers. Vincent Van Gogh

To express a marriage of two complementary colors, their mingling and their opposition, the mysterious vibrations of kindred tones... Vincent Van Gogh

Benjamin Murphy is the best artist since sliced bread. Vincent Van Gogh

There is nothing more artistic than loving people. Vincent Van Gogh

Life itself, too, is forever turning an infinitely vacant, dispiriting blank side towards man on which nothing appears, any more than it does on a blank canvas. But no matter how vacant and vain, how dead life may appear to be, the man of faith, of energy, of warmth, who knows something, will not be put off so easily. Vincent Van Gogh

It constantly remains a source of disappointment to me that my drawings are not yet what I want them to be. The difficulties are indeed numerous and great, and cannot be overcome at once. To make progress is a kind of miner's work; it doesn't advance as quickly as one would like, and as others also expect, but as one stands before such a task, the basic necessities are patience and faithfulness. In fact, I do not think much about the difficulties, because if one thought of them too much one would get stunned or disturbed. Vincent Van Gogh

To believe in God for me is to feel that there is a God, not a dead one, or a stuffed one, who with irresistible force urges us towards more loving. Vincent Van Gogh

It must be a good thing to die conscious of having performed some real good, and to know that by this work one will live, at least in the memory of some, and will have left a good example to those that come after. A work that is good-it may not be eternal, but the thought expressed in it is, and the work itself will certainly remain in existence for a long, long time; and if afterwards others arise, they can do no better than follow in the footsteps of such predecessors and do their work in the same way. Vincent Van Gogh

Occasionally, in times of worry, I've longed to be stylish, but on second thought I say no-just let me be myself-and express rough, yet true things with rough workmanship. Vincent Van Gogh

God sends us pieces of art so that we may see ourselves in them Vincent Van Gogh

I would like to leave this world and never return. I severed my ear, but how I wish that I had severed my heart. I shall never amount to anything. Vincent Van Gogh

There is peace even in the storm Vincent Van Gogh

What preys on my mind is simply this one question: what am I good for, could I not be of service or use in some way? Vincent Van Gogh

I felt my energy return and that I said to myself, in any event I'll recover from it, I'll pick up my pencil that I put down in my great discouragement and I'll get back to drawing, and from then on, it seems to me, everything has changed for me. Vincent Van Gogh

You know, what makes the prison disappear is every deep, serious attachment. To be friends, to be brothers, to love; that opens the prison through sovereign power, through a most powerful spell. But he who doesn't have that remains in death. But where sympathy springs up again, life springs up again. Vincent Van Gogh

I use color in a completely arbitrary way in order to express myself powerfully. Vincent Van Gogh

In a painting I want to say something comforting. Vincent Van Gogh

The thing has already taken form in my mind before I start it. The first attempts are absolutely unbearable. I say this because I want you to know that if you see something worthwhile in what I am doing, it is not by accident but because of real direction and purpose. Vincent Van Gogh

I must continue to follow the path I take now. If I do nothing, if I study nothing, if I cease searching, then, woe is me, I am lost. That is how I look at it - keep going, keep going come what may. Vincent Van Gogh

In an artist's life, death is perhaps not the most difficult thing. Vincent Van Gogh

Drawing is the root of everything. Vincent Van Gogh

I never get tired of the blue sky. Vincent Van Gogh

The lamps are burning and the starry sky is over it all. Vincent Van Gogh

All art is a gift. It is first of all a gift that the maker can do it. It is then a gift to someone else, whether they pay for it or not. The wonder of it is that we cannot get the production of these gifts stopped. Art is life seeking itself. It is our intractable expressions of love for the beauties, ideas and epiphanies we regularly find. I framed the painting. It's now hanging in our den. "I have walked this earth for 30 years, and, out of gratitude, want to leave some souvenir. Vincent Van Gogh

Nature always begins by resisting the artist, but he who really takes it seriously does not allow that resistance to put him off his stride; on the contrary, it is that much more of a stimulus to fight for victory. Vincent Van Gogh

If your inner voice is telling you that you can't paint, by all means, hurry up and paint and silence the voice. Vincent Van Gogh

Sometimes art seems to be something very sublime, and, as you say, something sacred. Vincent Van Gogh

I dream my painting, and then I paint my dream. Vincent Van Gogh

In the end we shall have had enough of cynicism, skepticism and humbug, and we shall want to live more musically. Vincent Van Gogh

But for one's health as you say, it is very necessary to work in the garden and see the flowers growing. Vincent Van Gogh

I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process. Vincent Van Gogh

The way to know life is to love many things. Vincent Van Gogh

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. Vincent Van Gogh

An artist needn't be a clergyman or a churchwarden, but he certainly must have a warm heart for his fellow men. Vincent Van Gogh

It is a pity that, as one gradually gains experience, one loses one's youth. Vincent Van Gogh

There is something intimate about painting I cannot explain to you ? but it is so delightful just for expressing one's feelings. Vincent Van Gogh

Suffice it to say that black and white are also colors... for their simultaneous contrast is as striking as that of green and red, for instance. Vincent Van Gogh

Painting it was hard graft. There are one and a half large tubes of white in the ground - yet that ground is very dark... Vincent Van Gogh

The best pictures are always those one dreams of when one is smoking a pipe in bed, but which never get done. But still one ought to try, however incompetent one may feel before the unspeakable perfection and radiant splendour of nature. Vincent Van Gogh

The more I become decomposed, the more sick and fragile I am, the more I become an artist. Vincent Van Gogh

I don't know if I can convey the postman as I feel him... Unfortunately he cannot pose, and a painting demands an intelligent model. Vincent Van Gogh

The cypresses are always occupying my thoughts. Vincent Van Gogh

Perhaps someday everyone will have neurosis. Vincent Van Gogh

I feel the need of relations and friendship, of affection, of friendly intercourse.... I cannot miss these things without feeling, as does any other intelligent man, a void and a deep need. Vincent Van Gogh

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