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Quotes of the Day for 30 March 2003 – Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh was born at Groot Zundert, The Netherlands on this day in 1853. His words are not, perhaps, as profound as his paintings, but I thought these were worth holding on to for a moment.

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The quotes:

Do not quench your inspiration and your imagination; do not become the slave of your model.

Keep your love of nature, for that is the true way to understand art more and more.

I dream my painting, and then I paint my dream.

An artist needn't be a clergyman or a churchwarden, but he certainly must have a warm heart for his fellow men.

I can't work without a model. I won't say I turn my back on nature ruthlessly in order to turn a study into a picture, arranging the colors, enlarging and simplifying; but in the matter of form I am too afraid of departing from the possible and the true.

Those Dutchmen had hardly any imagination or fantasy, but their good taste and their scientific knowledge of composition were enormous.
     - All from Vincent van Gogh, 1853 - 1890

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