What Matisse Can Teach Us About Art and Life

Colour, creativity and courage

Christopher P Jones


Henri Matisse, Paris, May 13th 1913. Photo by Alvin Langdon Coburn. Image source Wikimedia Commons

I recently read a short quote that stopped me in my tracks:

“A thimbleful of red is redder than a bucketful.”

Like all good aphorisms, it contains a hint of both poetry and paradox.

It was reputedly uttered by the French artist Henri Matisse, and it quickly had…