Thursday, December 6, 2012

Fact of the Day: Found His Calling

Legendary painter Henri Matisse was originally a court clerk until he got ill due to a case of appendicitis. His mother brought him some paint supplies to pass the time, and he felt like art was his life. His father was extremely disappointed, not knowing that his son would become one of the most respected artists of his time. 

16 comments:

  1. Hmm... funny how so many artists have stories like this.

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  2. Wow! Nice to know his story!

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  3. Parents are often disappointed when you're not fulfilling their dreams.

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  4. Totally agree with Grumpy Me! I let my kids decide what they like to do and encourage then in anyway I can!

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  5. oh i see a post on facebook like that

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  6. Actually I don't like his style, but
    I think it's beautiful that thanks to his
    works, he is still living in some way~

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  7. ah, fathers are almost always a disappointed kind....

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  8. That's awesome. I'm no Matisse, but I decided to blog just for kicks, then decided maybe I could throw in some stupid MSPaint pictures. There I discovered I actually could draw. It's amazing the talents you can discover just by trying.

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  9. I'm glad he wasn't dissuaded by his father's attitude!

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  10. I've always thought his work was interesting. Thanks for sharing!

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  11. I always find that type of story so sad on behalf of the artist and the parent. I also think of composers or artists who died, not appreciated until after their death, those who struggled. The composer Franz Schubert was really shy and he sat in a cafe where Beethoven was, really wanting to go up to him and speak to him. He died aged 33 or 35. So sad!
    I liked learning this-thank you!

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  12. How very sad for Matisse and his father. Parents are often guilty of not realizing what is best for the child is not often what the parents think is best. My son is studying to be an International epidemiologist. I'm proud of him, but I wish he'd pick another profession that didn't involve such close contact with scary germs.

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  13. i did NOT know this. as far as his dad's opinion, it just goes to show, that when embarking on your passion, don't listen to your parents. ;) i'm kidding.

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  14. Very interesting! Now THAT'S what I call a "hidden talent"!

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