Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin
June 7, 1848, Paris, France – May 8, 1903, Atuona, Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia
If I did what has already been done, I would be a plagiarist and would consider myself unworthy; so I do something different and people call me a scoundrel. I'd rather be a scoundrel than a plagiarist!
Art = a mad search for individualism.
"We never really know what stupidity is until we have experimented on ourselves."
"There is always a heavy demand for fresh mediocrity. In every generation the least cultivated taste has the largest appetite.''
"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."
It is better to paint from memory, for thus your work will be your own...
I made a promise to keep a watch over myself, to remain master of myself, so that I might become a sure observer.
Do you know what will soon be the ultimate in truth? – photography, once it begins to reproduce colors, and that won't be long in coming. And yet you want an intelligent man to sweat for months so as to give the illusion he can do something as well as an ingenious little machine can!
"Go on working, freely and furiously, and you will make progress"
"Perhaps I have no talent, but all vanity aside – I do not believe that anyone makes an artistic attempt, no matter how small, without having a little – or there are many fools."
" What still concerns me the most is: am I on the right track, am I making progress, am I making mistakes in art?"
In February 2015, an 1892 painting by Paul Gauguin sold to a group of state museums in Qatar for nearly $300 million. That sum broke the previous record, for Paul Cezanne's "The Card Players," also purchased by Qatar for about $250 million three years ago.
The painting, NafeaFaaIpoipo (When Will You Marry?), depicts two Tahitian women, and had previously been owned by Rudolf Staechelin. Staechelin, who lives in Basel, Switzerland, stated that he was unhappy with the way the local museum, the Kunstmuseum Basel – which had held the Gauguin for the better part of the past 50 years – was going about renovating the property.