Quoted in Andersen, Gauguin’s Paradise Lost, p. 10. See also August Strindberg’s recollection of Gauguin’s preoccupation with his role as Creator-God of a new art form:

“Who then is he? He is Gauguin, the savage, hating an oppressive, annoying civilization, something of a Titan, who jealous of the Creator, in moments when he is lost, creates his own little creation …”

Quoted in Kuno Mittelstädt, Paul Gauguin, Self-Portraits (Oxford: Bruno Cassirer, 1968), p. 47.