On March 30, 1853, a famous Dutch artist and major Post-Impressionist painter, Vincent Willem van Gogh, was born. His works, which are notable for their rough beauty, emotional honesty, and bold color, had a far-reaching influence on 20th-century art. And by the mid 20th century, he was seen as one of the greatest and most recognizable painters in history.
We’ve selected the most interesting of Vincent van Gogh’s quotes and want to share them with you!
“I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process.”
“Painting is a faith, and it imposes the duty to disregard public opinion.”
“I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day.”
“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.”
“The more I think about it, the more I realize there is nothing more artistic than to love others.”
“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?”
“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 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.”
“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.”