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10 Lessons Matisse Can Teach You About Art and Life

Matisse is currently my muse, with his minimalist compositions, his playful use of form and color, and his masterful cutouts.

Original work by Matisse, remixes by ERIC KIM.


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Photography Composition 101


1. See different

“There are always flowers for those who want to see them.”

2. Balance in art

The nuns are arrange so they appear to be dancing with the figures in the painting. United States. New York City. Manhattan. Museum of Modern Art. “The dance” by Henri MATISSE, French painter. © Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum Photos

“What I dream of is an art of balance.”

3. Look for the differences in between

“I don’t paint things. I only paint the difference between things.”

4. Expressive gestures in art

“Drawing is like making an expressive gesture with the advantage of permanence.”

5. True happiness comes from a good days work

“Derive happiness in oneself from a good day’s work, from illuminating the fog that surrounds us.”

6. Never become a prisoner to anything, and especially yourself.

“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.”

7. Retain and guard your original naïveté in art.

“You study, you learn, but you guard the original naivete. It has to be within you, as desire for drink is within the drunkard or love is within the lover.”

8. Don’t make art like anybody else

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

9. Color as personal expression

“It is only after years of preparation that the young artist should touch color – not color used descriptively, that is, but as a means of personal expression.”

10. Rejoice in life

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

Conclusion: You are a medium for making art

Matisse cutout

“I have been no more than a medium, as it were.”

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