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Without anxiety and illness I should have been like a ship without a rudder.
When I paint a person, his enemies always find the portrait a good likeness.
To die is as if one's eyes had been put out and one cannot see anything any more. Perhaps it is like being shut in a cellar. One is abandoned by all. They have slammed the door and are gone. One does not see anything and notices only the damp smell of putrefaction.
This kind of painting with its large frames is a bourgeois drawing-room art. It is an art dealer's art-and that came in after the civil wars following the French Revolution.
The rich man who gives, steals twice over. First he steals the money and then the hearts of men.
The notes I have made are not a diary in the ordinary sense, but partly lengthy records of my spiritual experiences, and partly poems in prose.
The colors live a remarkable life of their own after they have been applied to the canvas.
Some colors reconcile themselves to one another, others just clash.
Sickness, insanity and death were the angels that surrounded my cradle and they have followed me throughout my life.
Painting picture by picture, I followed the impressions my eye took in at heightened moments. I painted only memories, adding nothing, no details that I did not see. Hence the simplicity of the paintings, their emptiness.
One can easily tell that the creator of the paintings in the Sistine Chapel was above all a sculptor.
Oil-painting is a developed technique. Why go backwards?
No longer shall I paint interiors with men reading and women knitting. I will paint living people who breathe and feel and suffer and love.
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