Alec Nevala-Lee

Thoughts on art, creativity, and the writing life.

Matisse’s art of revision

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"Interior at Nice (Room at the Beau Rivage)" by Henri Matisse

The reaction of each stage is as important as the subject. For this reaction comes from me and not from the subject. It is from the basis of my interpretation that I continually react until my work comes into harmony with me. As someone who writes a sentence, reworks it, makes new discoveries…At each stage, I reach a balance, a conclusion. At the next sitting, if I find that there is a weakness in the whole, I make my way back into the picture by means of the weakness—I re-enter through the breach—and I reconceive the whole. Thus everything becomes fluid again and as each element is only one of the component forces (as in an orchestration), the whole can be changed in appearance but the feeling sought remains the same…

At the final stage the painter finds himself freed and his emotion exists complete in his work. He himself, in any case, is relieved of it.

Henri Matisse

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May 12, 2013 at 9:50 am

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  1. Reblogged this on Tara Seguin and commented:
    I had to reblog this so I would always have the thought at my fingertips.

    Tara Seguin

    May 12, 2013 at 12:32 pm

  2. Reblogged this on forgive.


    May 12, 2013 at 12:34 pm

  3. Interesting perspective. It is what we do, isn’t it? Re-form the words, re-work the project, seeking for the ultimate best.


    May 13, 2013 at 4:15 am

  4. @VictoriaJoDean: Agreed. And like Matisse, we re-enter through the breach.


    May 13, 2013 at 6:49 am

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