He who loves, rejoices

Game of Bowls – Henri Matisse

Game of Bowls – Henri Matisse

A picture must possess a real power to generate light and for a long time now I’ve been conscious of expressing myself through light or rather in light. I have always tried to hide my efforts and wished my works to have a light joyousness of springtime which never lets anyone suspect the labors it has cost me.

An artist must never be a prisoner. Prisoner? An artist should never be a prisoner of himself, prisoner of style, prisoner of reputation, prisoner of success, etc. An artist must possess Nature. He must identify himself with her rhythm, by efforts that will prepare the mastery which will later enable him to express himself in his own language.

I do not literally paint that table, but the emotion it produces upon me. I don’t paint things. I only paint the difference between things.

He who loves, flies, runs, and rejoices; he is free and nothing holds him back.

— Henri Matisse

Posted by Paulo Coelho on his blog.

Game of Bowls (1908) by French artist Henri Matisse (1869-1954) depicts three boys, possible his sons and nephew, playing boule. Game of Bowls is housed in the Hermitage in St Petersburg.

For Sian, Alissa, Alena, Polina and Nadya.

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One Response to “He who loves, rejoices”

  1. Dances With Crayons Says:

    The nature of things : )

    I went to the Exhibition ‘Matisse Picasso’ in Paris during November, 2002.
    What a treat!!!!!!!! And many adventures because of that!

    To let go of thinking, controlling, judging and even understanding. Let bliss lead the dance.

    ❤ Matisse! His paintings show his soul. His colors inspire me. Joy, joy JOY.

    Love, Jane xo

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