Art Analysis: Matisse’s ‘Still life with a Magnolia’ (1942)

Matisse’s ‘Still life with a Magnolia’ (1942), and its apparent Simplified drawing is nothing of the sorts. Rather, the painting, that took more than 12 years to complete, is not only a revolutionary way to represent life, it is also representative of Matisse’s underlying idea that colour possesses great healing powers and that art has the strength to communicate to the soul of man in mysterious ways. A man that believed in the greatness of beauty despite all the tragedies he lived through, he infamously, and very correctly, claimed: ” There are always flowers for those who want to see them.”…. just one of the many significances embodied in this little masterpiece.


Poem: The Heart of The Free

We break, we laugh and we keep going, 

It is the heart of the wanderer, 

The soul of the free, 

To search and to never stop trusting, 

The inner fire that keeps propelling, 

Ruthlessly and instinctively, as sure as the day. 

As steady as the halo of the moon, 

Long after we travel into ourselves, 

We find what we have been looking for, 

Was inside this shimmering spirit all along,

But still we keep on, becoming the

Queens and Kings we are meant to always be. 


Poem: The Soul

The mind wandering between the past and the future, 

The heart fluttering in the midst of the today and the fragmented moment, 

The soul always glowing within the absence of time. 


Maybe, maybe….

Maybe unicorns and rainbows always do go together. Maybe life is always a series of maybes… maybe there are no great timings at all. Maybe we make our own timings and we just have to trust that everything will be ok. That our hearts are stronger, that our souls are wiser, and that our minds will be silenced enough for us to really live. And maybe just maybe, that is more than enough.


Fashion: The wonderous world of Gucci


Places: Asia de Cuba for a Pinot Grigio.


Cocktail Hour at 101, at the One and Only Hotel and Resort, Dubai


Architecture: One and Only Hotel at the Palm, Dubai


Restaurante: Dai Pai Dong, The Galleria Mall, Abu Dhabi.