Quotes from Art

From: The exhibition “Choosing Vincent. Portrait of a family history.”

Shortly after Vincent van Gogh’s death in 1890, his beloved brother Theo also died. His wife Jo van Gogh-Bonger is left devastated with their son Vincent. As a young widow, Jo faces an important choice: what should she do with the enormous collection of paintings, drawings, prints and letters from her brother-in-law and the collection of art by contemporaries that Theo and Vincent collected? Jo decides to continue Theo’s dream of making Vincent’s work known. She has worked with great dedication throughout her life to preserve and disseminate Van Gogh’s work.


Vincent Van Gogh 

“Despite everything I will rise again; I will take up my pencil, which in my great discouragement I have abandoned, and I will continue with my drawing.”

”Don’t extinguish your inspiration and imagination, don’t become a slave to the model.”

“Art is to comfort those who are broken by life.”

“Color expresses something by itself, one cannot miss that, one must make use of it.”

“What is beautiful, truly beautiful – is also right.”

“I try to be myself more and more, caring relatively little about whether people approve or disapprove.”


“The purpose of art is not to portray the outward appearance of things, but the inner self… that is the real reality.”

George Braque

“Everything around us is in a deep sleep. A ray of light from poetry is needed to reveal reality.”

Paul Cezanne

“Nature, I wanted to copy it, I couldn’t. But I was pleased with myself when I discovered that you cannot represent the sun, that you have to represent it with something else… with colour. ”

Leonardo da Vinci

“Art is the Queen of all sciences communicating knowledge to all the generations of the world.” 

“Where the Spirit does not work with the hand there is no Art.”

” The painter has the Universe in his Mind and Hands.”