Henri Matisse: Chapelle du Rosaire de Vence

February 26, 2014 | Short Reflections


Matisse called his Dominican Chapel of the Rosary, “My masterpiece.” He said he wanted visitors “to feel purified and relieved of their burdens” and to experience “in peaceful contemplation”. . .”balance—purity and serenity.” He added:

“retain [in your art] only that which cannot be seen.”

“the artist or the poet possesses an interior light
which transforms objects to make a new world
of them—sensitive, organized, a living world
which is in itself an infallible sign of the
Divinity, a reflection of Divinity.”


“Do I believe in God?”——”Yes when I work.
When I am submissive and modest, I sense
myself helped immensely by someone who makes
me do things by which I surpass myself.”

“The essential thing is to put myself in a frame of mind which is close to that of prayer.”