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Vincent van Gogh

Self-Portrait, 1887, Art Institute of Chicago
Born Vincent Willem van Gogh
30 March 1853
Zundert, Netherlands
Died 29 July 1890(1890-07-29) (aged 37)
Auvers-sur-Oise, France
Nationality Dutch
Education Anton Mauve
Known for Painting, drawing
Notable work Starry Night, Sunflowers, Bedroom in Arles, Portrait of Dr Gachet, Sorrow
Movement Post-Impressionism

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
Do not quench your inspiration and your imagination; do not become the slave of your model.
Vincent Van Gogh
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.
Vincent Van Gogh
Even the knowledge of my own fallibility cannot keep me from making mistakes. Only when I fall do I get up again.
Vincent Van Gogh
I see drawings and pictures in the poorest of huts and the dirtiest of corners.
Vincent Van Gogh
If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.
Vincent Van Gogh
I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.
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.
Vincent Van Gogh
The way to know life is to love many things.
When I have a terrible need of – shall I say the word – religion. Then I go out and paint the stars.
Vincent Van Gogh
I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day.
Vincent Van Gogh
I am still far from being what I want to be, but with God’s help I shall succeed.
Vincent Van Gogh
A good picture is equivalent to a good deed.
Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.
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.
Vincent Van Gogh
If boyhood and youth are but vanity, must it not be our ambition to become men?
Vincent Van Gogh
There is no blue without yellow and without orange.
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.
Vincent Van Gogh
Conscience is a man's compass.
Poetry surrounds us everywhere, but putting it on paper is, alas, not so easy as looking at it.
Vincent Van Gogh
Painting is a faith, and it imposes the duty to disregard public opinion.
As we advance in life it becomes more and more difficult, but in fighting the difficulties the inmost strength of the heart is developed.
Vincent Van Gogh
One may have a blazing hearth in one’s soul and yet no one ever came to sit by it. Passers-by see only a wisp of smoke from the chimney and continue on their way.
Vincent Van Gogh
I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process.
Vincent Van Gogh
Paintings have a life of their own that derives from the painter’s soul.
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
It is better to be high-spirited even though one makes more mistakes, than to be narrow-minded and all too prudent.
Vincent Van Gogh
The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore.
Vincent Van Gogh
I dream of painting and then I paint my dream.
Love always brings difficulties, that is true, but the good side of it is that it gives energy.
Vincent Van Gogh
There may be a great fire in our hearts, yet no one ever comes to warm himself at it, and the passers-by see only a wisp of smoke.
Vincent Van Gogh
Those Dutchmen had hardly any imagination or fantasy, but their good taste and their scientific knowledge of composition were enormous.
Vincent Van Gogh
But I always think that the best way to know God is to love many things.
What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?
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
For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.
Vincent Van Gogh
The best way to know God is to love many things.
I wish they would only take me as I am.
I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day.
Vincent Van Gogh
One must work and dare if one really wants to live.
The more I think about it, the more I realize there is nothing more artistic than to love others.
Vincent Van Gogh
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.
Vincent Van Gogh