Color Quotes Graphics: Van Gogh to Wilde

“Color in a picture is like enthusiasm in life.” - Vincent Van Gogh

“Color in a picture is like enthusiasm in life.” -- Vincent Van Gogh, Dutch Post-Impressionist Painter, 1853–1890

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“I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day,” - Vincent Van Gogh

​“I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day,” -- Vincent Van Gogh, Dutch Post-Impressionist Painter, 1853–1890

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“The Mediterranean has the color of mackerel, changeable I mean. You don’t always know if it is green or violet, you can’t even say it’s blue, because the next moment the changing reflection has taken on a tint of rose or gray.” - Vincent Van Gogh

“The Mediterranean has the color of mackerel, changeable I mean. You don’t always know if it is green or violet, you can’t even say it’s blue, because the next moment the changing reflection has taken on a tint of rose or gray.” ~ Vincent Van Gogh, Dutch Post-Impressionist Painter, 1853–1890

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“I work in black and white, then go from there.” - Deon Venter

“I work in black and white, then go from there.” -- Deon Venter, South African-born Canadian Painter, b. 1953

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“Colours are the deeds of light, its deeds and sufferings.” - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

​“Colours are the deeds of light, its deeds and sufferings.” -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German Poet, Novelist, Dramatist, Humanist, Scientist, Theorist and Painter, 1749-1832

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All my life I've pursued the perfect red. I can never get painters to mix it for me. It's exactly as if I'd said, I want Rococo with a spot of Gothic in it and a bit of Buddhist temple" - they have no idea what I'm talking about." - Diana Vreeland

"All my life I've pursued the perfect red. I can never get painters to mix it for me. It's exactly as if I'd said, "I want Rococo with a spot of Gothic in it and a bit of Buddhist temple" - they have no idea what I'm talking about." -- Diana Vreeland, Noted Fashion Columnist/Editor and special consultant at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1903-1989

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“It’s strange, I’ve seen colours at times that when I’ve gone back to check on them, they’ve vanished…” - William Percy Weston

“It’s strange, I’ve seen colours at times that when I’ve gone back to check on them, they’ve vanished…” ~William Percy Weston, Canadian Painter, b. 1879

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“Truly color is vice! Of course, it can be, and has the right to be one of the finest virtues. Controlled by the strong hand and careful guidance of her Master drawing, color is a splendid Mistress, with a mate worthy of herself, her lover, but her Master likewise, the most magnificent Mistress possible, and the result is evident in all the glorious things that spring from their union.” - James Abbott McNeill Whistler

​“Truly color is vice! Of course, it can be, and has the right to be one of the finest virtues. Controlled by the strong hand and careful guidance of her Master drawing, color is a splendid Mistress, with a mate worthy of herself, her lover, but her Master likewise, the most magnificent Mistress possible, and the result is evident in all the glorious things that spring from their union.” -- James Abbott McNeill Whistler, U.S.-born British painter and printmaker who is seen as highly influential in the late 19th century art movement, 1834-1903

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“How lovely yellow is! It stands for the sun.” - Vincent Van Gogh

“How lovely yellow is! It stands for the sun.” -- Vincent Van Gogh, Dutch Post-Impressionist Painter, 1853-1890

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“Suffice it to say that black and white are also colors… for their simultaneous contrast is as striking as that of green and red, for instance.” - Vincent Van Gogh

“Suffice it to say that black and white are also colors… for their simultaneous contrast is as striking as that of green and red, for instance.” -- Vincent Van Gogh, Dutch Post-Impressionist Painter, 1853-1890

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“There is no blue without yellow and without orange.” - Vincent Van Gogh

“There is no blue without yellow and without orange.” -- Vincent Van Gogh, Dutch, Post-Impressionist Painter, 1853–1890

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“Any color works if you push it to the extreme.” - Massimo Vignelli

​“Any color works if you push it to the extreme.” -- Massimo Vignelli Italian Designer, b. 1931

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“Colours are light’s suffering and joy.” - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

​“Colours are light’s suffering and joy.” -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German Poet, Novelist, Dramatist, Humanist, Scientist, Theorist and Painter, 1749-1832

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"Blue jeans are the most beautiful things since the gondola." - Diana Vreeland

"Blue jeans are the most beautiful things since the gondola." - Diana Vreeland, Noted Fashion Columnist/Editor and special consultant at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1903-1989

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“I love color. A visit to the grocery store is a treat – all those beautiful fruits and vegetables!” - Joyce Ward

“I love color. A visit to the grocery store is a treat – all those beautiful fruits and vegetables!” -- Joyce Ward

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“Mauve? Mauve is just pink trying to be purple.” - James Abbott McNeill Whistler

“Mauve? Mauve is just pink trying to be purple.” -- James Abbott McNeill Whistler, U.S.-born British painter and printmaker who is seen as highly influential in the late 19th century art movement, 1834-1903

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“The mind is excited by what painters refer to as ‘broken color’, the juxtaposition of two or more colors in a single passage.” - Eric Wiegardt

​“The mind is excited by what painters refer to as ‘broken color’, the juxtaposition of two or more colors in a single passage.” -- Eric Wiegardt, American Painter

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“He had that curious love of green, which in individuals is always the sign of a subtle artistic temperament, and in nations is said to denote a laxity, if not a decadence of morals.” - Oscar Wilde

“He had that curious love of green, which in individuals is always the sign of a subtle artistic temperament, and in nations is said to denote a laxity, if not a decadence of morals.” -- Oscar Wilde, Irish Playwright, Novelist, Poet, Short Story Writer and Freemason, 1854-1900

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“I am crazy about two colors: carmine and cobalt. Cobalt is a divine color and there is nothing so beautiful for creating atmosphere. Carmine is as warm and lively as wine… the same with emerald green.” - Vincent Van Gogh

“I am crazy about two colors: carmine and cobalt. Cobalt is a divine color and there is nothing so beautiful for creating atmosphere. Carmine is as warm and lively as wine… the same with emerald green.” -- Vincent Van Gogh, Dutch Post-Impressionist Painter, 1853–1890

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“The painter of the future will be a colorist in a way no one has been before.” - Vincent Van Gogh

​“The painter of the future will be a colorist in a way no one has been before.” -- Vincent Van Gogh, Dutch Post-Impressionist Painter, 1853–1890

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“We don’t paint the color of the subject; in reality we paint the colors that reflect onto the subject.” - Andries Veerman

​“We don’t paint the color of the subject; in reality we paint the colors that reflect onto the subject.” -- Andries Veerman, Conteporary Dutch Canadian Artist

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“Renoir said once that nothing was so difficult, and at the same time so exciting, to paint, as white on white.” - Ambroise Vollard

“Renoir said once that nothing was so difficult, and at the same time so exciting, to paint, as white on white.” -- Ambroise Vollard, French art dealer who is regarded as one of the most important dealers in French contemporary art at the beginning of the twentieth century, 1866 – 1939

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“Black is real sensation, even if it is produced by entire absence of light. The sensation of black is distinctly different from the lack of all sensation.” - Hermann von Helmhoz

“Black is real sensation, even if it is produced by entire absence of light. The sensation of black is distinctly different from the lack of all sensation.” -- Hermann von Helmhoz, German Physician and Physicist, 1821-1894

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“The West is color. Its colors are animal rather than vegetable, the colors of earth and sunlight and ripeness.” - Jessamyn West

​“The West is color. Its colors are animal rather than vegetable, the colors of earth and sunlight and ripeness.” -- Jessamyn West, American Author, 1902-1984

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“Someday we shall control the full orchestra.” - James Abbott McNeill Whistler

​“Someday we shall control the full orchestra.” (to his students on color) -- James Abbott McNeill Whistler, U.S.-born British painter and printmaker who is seen as highly influential in the late 19th century art movement, 1834-1903

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