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HENRI MATISSE ~MUSIC

Henri Matisse – Music, 1907

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EMILE ZOLA ~ MY BEING IN THIS WORLD

“If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.” ― Émile Zola.

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EDOUARD VUILLARD ~ THE NABIS

Three Women on a Sofa at Clos Cézanne, Vaucresseon Edouard Vuillard – circa 1921

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ANAIS NIN ~ ON RELATIONSHIPS

“You know I have friends who used to laugh at me when I said we have to create a relationship. They thought relationship is a miracle, it just happens, it comes, we find it, and there it is. But it’s not true. I never found that to be true. One friend was amazed at things that happened in a relationship over the years. And I said: “Yes, we created that. This friendship was created with talking, with struggle, with crises.” So wait until you feel right within yourself, and...

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CAMILLE CLAUDEL, A FEMALE GENIUS ~ BY MONIQUE LUCY WEBERINK

A Female Genius… “You’re wrong to think it’s about you. You’re a sculptor, Rodin, not a sculpture. You ought to know. I am that old woman with nothing on her bones. And the aging young girl… that’s also me. And the man is me too. Not you. I gave him my toughness. He gave me his emptiness in return. There you are… three times me. The Holy Trinity, trinity of emptiness.” Among the female artists I admire is Camille Claudel a French sculptor and graphic artist who lived from...

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IRENE NEMIROVSKY ~ A FEELING OF SOLITUDE

“But she loved studying and books, the way other people love wine for its power to make you forget. What else did she have? She lived in a deserted, silent house. The sound of her own footsteps in the empty rooms, the silence of the cold streets beyond the closed windows, the rain and the snow, the early darkness, the green lamp beside her that burned throughout the long evenings and which she watched for hours on end until its light began to waver before her weary eyes: this...

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CHARLES BAUDELAIRE ~ ON LIFE AND POETS

“The beautiful is always bizarre.” ― Charles Baudelaire “An artist is a kaleidoscope endowed with consciousness…an ego athirst for the non-ego, and reflecting it at every moment in energies more vivid than life itself, always inconstant and fleeting. The poet is like those wandering souls who go looking for a body, he enters as he likes into each man’s personality. For him alone everything is vacant…The man who loves to lose himself in a crowd enjoys feverish delights that the egoist locked up in himself as in a box, and...

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JEAN COCTEAU ~ A SURREAL THOUGHT

“Mirrors should think longer before they reflect.” ― Jean Cocteau Jean Cocteau (1889-1963) 1955 in his apartment

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COLETTE ~ ON MEMORIES

“It is the image in the mind that links us to our lost treasures; but it is the loss that shapes the image, gathers the flowers, weaves the garland.” ― Colette, My Mother’s House & Sido

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ANDRE GIDE ~ YOUR INNER SELF

” Be faithful to that which exists nowhere but in yourself – and thus make yourself indispensable.” Andre Gide

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