Matisse and his Jazz

I had the privilege of visiting the wonderful Minneapolis Institute of Art, and their current Matisse exhibit. 

They had an amazing treat which was the entire book of Jazz, created by Matisse spread between multiple walls.

I needed his words. I needed his succinct wisdom, which awoke so much thought and thirst for art, for a community of artist, and most of all for creating.

His words,

" HAPPINESS. Derive happiness in oneself from a good day's work, from illuminating the fog that surrounds us. Think that all of those who have succeeded, where they remembered the difficulties  of their beginnings, cry with conviction:  

" Those were the good days."

Because for most people: success = prison , and an artist should never be a prisoner. Prisoner? An artist should never be: prisoner of himself, prisoner of a style, prisoner of a reputation, prisoner of success, etc. Did not the Goncourt's write that the artists of the great age of Japanese art changed names many times during their careers? I like that: they wanted to safeguard their freedom. "

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