"Purple Robe and Anemones"
Matisse on the impulse to create
You understand now why I am never bored. For over fifty years, I have not stopped working for an instant. From nine o’clock to noon, first sitting, then I have a little nap and take up my brushes again at two in the afternoon until the evening. You won’t believe me, on Sundays, I have to tell all sorts of tales to the models. I promised them that it’s the last time I will ever beg them to come and pose on that day. Naturally, I pay them double. Finally, when I sense that they are not convinced, I promise them a day off during the week. Mr. Matisse one of them answered me, this has been going on for months and I never had one afternoon off. Poor things, they don’t understand. Nevertheless, I can’t sacrifice my Sundays for them merely because they have boyfriends.Back to parent stop