Gauguin was an intelligent, well educated individual whose personality has been much discussed. He is seen as a more stable individual than his friend, Vincent, but there are still some intriguing quotes attributed to him during his career.

Below are some of the more relevant quotes from his life which help tell us more about the man behind the paintings.

We never really know what stupidity is until we have experimented on ourselves.

I shut my eyes in order to see.

Life is hardly more than a fraction of a second. Such a little time to prepare oneself for eternity!

Stressing output is the key to improving productivity, while looking to increase activity can result in just the opposite.

Art is either plagiarism or revolution.

There is always a heavy demand for fresh mediocrity. In every generation the least cultivated taste has the largest appetite.

Concentrate your strengths against your competitor's relative weaknesses.

Life has no meaning unless one lives it with a will, at least to the limit of one's will. Virtue, good, evil are nothing but words, unless one takes them apart in order to build something with them; they do not win their true meaning until one knows how to apply them.

Life being what it is, one dreams of revenge.

Art requires philosophy, just as philosophy requires art. Otherwise, what would become of beauty?

It is the eye of ignorance that assigns a fixed and unchangeable color to every object; beware of this stumbling block.

We never really know what stupidity is until we have experimented on ourselves.

In art, all who have done something other than their predecessors have merited the epithet of revolutionary; and it is they alone who are masters.