Henri Matisse: Chapelle du Rosaire de Vence

February 26, 2014 | Short Reflections

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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.”

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“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.”