Images to cheer the soul… Manguin the painter of happiness and COLOR

Saint Tropez Sunset, Henri Manguin, oil, 32 x 19 1/4", Private colletction, 1904

Saint Tropez Sunset, Henri Manguin, oil, 32 x 19 1/4″, Private collection, 1904

Did you ever come to the end of a long, trying day and decide to look to the bookshelves for some comfort and inspiration? Tonight I  found my book on The Fauves, and this chapter name caught my eye, about the painter Henri Manguin. Matisse and Roualt were fellow art associates of his day, among others.

Henri’s  teacher, Gustave Moreau told his students: “You must think out the color in your imagination. If you have not imagination, you will never make beautiful colors. Copy your imagination, that’s what makes art.”

Copy your imagination. 

This gives us permission to trust our own designs. Stay true to your art, and why it is so original to your own way of working and the work that is produced from that, your own experience.

Those words not only cheer my soul, they make me want to keep going no matter what my day looked like. I just want to keep painting, maybe in a similar inspirational venue discovered by the Fauve painters. They had their day. Now we make our own.

Woman at the Window, Henri Manguin, 1904, oil on canvas, 24 x 19 3/4"

Woman at the Window, Henri Manguin, 1904, oil on canvas, 24 x 19 3/4″

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4 Responses to “Images to cheer the soul… Manguin the painter of happiness and COLOR”

  1. Leslie Ann Clark Says:

    love this post. Love books about art… mostly the pictures! hee hee…

    Like

  2. Sarah Schultz Says:

    It was wonderful opening my email with something beautiful to see….as opposed to the holiday sites. So colorful too.!

    Like

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