I was trying to paint a picture today, but seems the color i was using was just a pigment of my imagination...

 

Picasso said matisse has the sun in his belly, and you don’t argue with Picasso.

 

 

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Henry Matisse - The sun in his belly

Picasso said matisse has the sun in his belly, and you don’t argue with Picasso.
I don’t know if it was the sun in there. Probably is (again, I am just saying, because I really don’t want to piss of Picasso. Even long dead I am still afraid of that small Spanish talented bully. He's a scorpio you know. They are rarely forgiving) but whatever it was that sat in matisse's belly it had an enzyme quality of taking apart our world into small particles of beautiful patterns.

For me matisse was wonderful. I know this word is overused, abused and lost all meaning over the years, but he was indeed full of wonder. In what he did, in how he saw the world, in what these enzymes in his belly did to transform feelings and sunlight into geometric shapes and vibrant colors.
 
Seek the strongest color effect possible.. the content is of no importance."
 
Being wonderful is not that hard. Being able to translate and share that wonder with the rest of us? That is not only truly amazing but almost saintlike. Matisse gave us a great gift with every painting he created, with every scissored piece of blue paper pasted on our mundane canvas we call life.

In his own very peculiar manner, matisse was like a filter through which we see the world in a different way, in single tones, like doing a color separation of our existence before it goes to mass print. And his prints make him so popular today. Having a poster of the last supper at home will raise a lot of eyebrows and make people look at you like a fool at best, but having a matisse print seems to almost actually make sense. (or at least that is the excuse I sold myself when I had the famous blue lady print on my wall in my student years…)

I have to admit, when I was younger and studied his work as part of my art education (I had the privilege of growing in an artistic family so museum visits were as common as amusment park ones) I looked down on him a bit.

It was too simple. It wasn’t deep enough, the colors almost flat, the perspective jouvenile at best, he wasn’t the figurative painter I was used to admire. Thank god I grew up. Only in my twenties did I realize the magnificent force his work entrails.
 
I have always tried to hide my own efforts and wished my works to have the lightness and joyousness of a springtime which never lets anyone suspect the labors it cost."
 
What was most worthy of admiration, especially at that important age of twenty plus, was that I saw how different he was, and how different he allowed himself to be, without looking backwards. pure courage.
A young painter who cannot liberate himself from the influence of past generations is digging his own grave."
 

Matisse showed the world, like many of his contemporary colleagues not only the importance of a personal saying,  but the importance of a personal language, a new and private form of expression that no one thought of before, or at least no one dared to execute.

It has bothered me all my life that I do not paint like everybody else.
 

He showed me how not surrendering to the trends, the moda. He showed me how the known fractions of modern art enables you to have real artistic freedom and a new form of creative license. He was, with every fiber of his being, Matisse. Nothing more nothing less.

And if that is not enough to love him and his work, I really don’t know what is.

Impressionism is the newspaper of the soul."
   
 

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