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.


Animals have souls…

” If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.” James Herriot

” Let us remember that animals are not mere resources for human consumption. They are splendid beings in their own right, who have evolved alongside us as co-inheritors of all the beauty and abundance of life on this planet” Marc Bekoff

Words: Maybe it’s all exactly the same thing. 

‘’ Some people come, some people go. Some come to teach you how to love, others to teach you how to let go… Some things burn to ashes, before they have even begun, others are built, day by day, slowly and patiently. It’s beautiful… this ever revolving push and pull of life, isn’t it? This not knowing, which is which? Maybe the destruction is a construction… and the things we think we are building, slowly, are the ones that are burning after all. Maybe it’s all exactly the same thing.  ‘’ 

  • From my notes.


Nature is ever at work building and pulling down, creating and destroying, keeping everything whirling and flowing, allowing no rest but in rhythmical motion, chasing everything in endless song out of one beautiful form into another.” John Muir



“A loving heart is the truest wisdom.” Charles Dickens

—– Words I always try to live by.


The essence of art.

“Art lives and dies in the unique heart of he who carries it, just as all feelings only live and expand in the souls of those who feel them. There is no history of art — there is the history of artists.” Marianne von Werefkin


Inevitable places.

” There’s nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be…” John Lennon


Places: Shopping in downtown Dubai


Love, by Rumi

This is love: to fly toward a secret sky,

to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment.

First, to let go of live.

In the end, to take a step without feet;

to regard this world as invisible,

and to disregard what appears to be the self.

Painting by Rodin


Collateral Beauty….

To always remember:

” Just be sure to notice the collateral beauty. It’s the profiling connection to everything. “

” [Love] I’m in all of it. I’m the darkness and the light, I’m the sunshine and the storm. Yes, you’re right, I’m the sunshine and the storm. I’m the reason for everything.”

” [Love] I’m the fabric of life. I’m within you. I’m within everything.