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Excerpt From Mattise
posted: September 26, 2006
This next bit of text is lifted from a book on Matisse's "Jazz" portfolio. Included as well is the image that it accompanies. This quote interests me because it speaks to the nature of "starting out", the fever and freedom of creating ones identity, and being enlivened by the resistance we feel each time we take a step forward. To derive happiness from ones self, from a good days work, from the clearing that it makes in the fog that surrounds us. To think that all those who have succeeded, as they look back on the difficulties of their start in life, exclaimed with conviction, “Those were the good days”! For most of them success has meant a prison, and the artist must never be a prisoner. Prisoner? An artist must never be a prisoner of even himself, a prisoner of a style, a prisoner of a reputation, a prisoner of a good fortune. Did not the Goncourt brothers tell us that Japanese artists of the great period changed their names several times in their lifetime? This pleases me: they wanted to safeguard their liberties.
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Donald Kilpatrick September 26, 2006
This quote rings so true. It is the constant struggle to not be enslaved by ourselves. I hope to never be a slave to my so called style. Thanks for sharing this, Peter. now i need to get back to work on this cover for you......
Scott Bakal September 26, 2006
"My instinct about painting says, 'if you don't think about it, it's right.' As soon as you have to decide and choose, it's wrong. And the more you decide about, the more wrong it gets." - Warhol "It doesn't matter how you paint, just do the work and let the viewer work it out for themselves." (Paraphrase) - Warhol
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