A Memoir of Remarkable Dying Words Spoken by Famous Artists

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Whether grasped at the moment they told or merely in perception, almost everyone would tell a word, phrase or even a sentence which attests the last piece he or she ever says while still living on earth.

Whether realized at the time they are said or only in hindsight, nearly everyone will express a word, phrase or sentence that proves the last thing he or she ever says while alive. At times deeper, sometimes every day, here you’d find the collection of the world’s well-known artists’ last words spoken.

Author’s Footnote: For the aims of this article, “artist” means someone who showed his or her artistic thoughts and visions through painting or sculpture.

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, 1796-1875
A French Painter
I hope with all my heart there will be painting in heaven.

Salvador Dali, 1904-1989
A Spanish Painter
Where is my clock?

Dali’s last words conjure the representation of one of his most notable masterpiece, The Persistence of Memory, which presented melting pocket watches.

Raphael, 1483-1520
An Italian Painter and Architect

Vincent van Gogh, 1853-1890
A Dutch Painter
The sadness will last forever.

Controversy spreads both the distressed artist’s final words and the reason of his death. A letter which his brother Theo, who was at Van Gogh’s side when he died, wrote implies his last words were, “I would like to go like this,” which the artist said approximately thirty minutes before he passed away. A second letter written again by his brother, few days later, however, revealed that Van Gogh said, “La tristesse durera toujours” (The sadness will last forever) before he passed away “a few minutes later.” Moreover, there was another letter, this time was written by Van Gogh’s friend, Emile Bernard, says that the artist, with “whole lucidity,” stanched suicide by firing himself using a revolver on the 27th of July 1890. The authors of Van Gogh’s biography, A Life, publicized in the year 2011, however, hypothesize that the artist passed away from an unintentional gunfire at the hands of two local boys.

Michelangelo, 1475-1564
An Italian Painter, Sculptor & Architect
I give my soul to God, my body to the earth and my worldly possessions to my nearest of kin, charging them to remember the sufferings of Jesus Christ.

Grandma Moses [Anna Marie Robertson Moses], 1860-1961
An American Painter
You take me back to Eagle Bridge and you’ll get back your stethoscope.

Gradma Moses lived in Eagle Bridge, New York, and had spoken these last words to her doctor at the healthcare center where she passed away. The healthcare facility was located in Hoosick Falls, New York, approximately 10 kilometers (6 mi) away from her house.

Pablo Picasso, 1881-1973
A Spanish Painter
Drink to me, drink to my health, you know I can’t drink any more.

Joseph M.W. Turner, 1775-1851
An English Painter
The Sun, my dear, the Sun is God.

Turner is well-known for his clever use of light in his masterpieces, which gotten him the moniker “Painter of Light.”

Leonardo da Vinci, 1452-1519
An Italian Painter, Architect, Sculptor, Inventor & Musician
I have offended God and mankind because my work did not reach the quality it should have.

The last spoken words of da Vinci seem ironic in perception, given that he painted the world’s best known painting and considered a masterpiece, the Mona Lisa.