Post #308 • June 28, 2004, NaN:7: AM • 8 Comments
Roger Lipsey, An Art of Our Own:
There are different missions; [Matisse's] was one of reconciliation. To "transcribe the beauty" is no small thing. The concept of sincerety was in fact central to his understanding of the artist's discipline. By sincerity he meant much more than honesty with others. The word evoked for him a willingness in younger artists to accept the influence of mature artists and absorb the lessons they offered. It evoked also the tendency to search oneself, to go ever deeper into what one is as human being and as artist. To be sincere is to know oneself privately and well, quite apart from the web of influences, however helpful. Sincerity provides the clarity and staying power to uncover internal resources, from which alone an independent art may grow. It is the key to fruitful relationships with others and a fruitful relationship with oneself. Because it grounds the artist in a psychological atmosphere closer to his or her true nature, sincerity grants relative immunity to praise and blame; it confers inner freedom. A disarmingly common word, sincerity signified for Matisse a power to see, a power to search, and a power to give form.I can't insist too much on the necessity for artists to be perfectly sincere in their work. This alone can give artists the great courage they need to accept their work in all modesty and humility.One must be sincere, and the work of art only exists fully when it is charged with human emotion and rendered in all sincerity, not through the application of a conventional program....