"Angels fly because they can take themselves lightly." G. K. Chesterton
TALES OF TWO PAINTERS
The early years of great painter Paul Cezanne were difficult and his career was, from very start, troubled with frequent rejection and failure. His family considered him peculiar and were unsupportive of his art.
After much family turmoil in his younger years, his father gave him a small allowance and he left for Paris where he worked alone and ignored.
Another painter Camille Pissarro became his mentor both lending him moral support, and influencing his palette. Cezanne, in a relatively short time period, switched from dark tones to bright colors.
Cezanne produced beautiful works as an unknown painter for many, many years. His commitment to, and passion for, his art was strong and unwavering and he did not strive for fame or even lesser recognition.
One day, a French art dealer happened to see masterpieces of Cezanne. He was so impressed that he collected several of paintings and arranged an exhibition in his gallery. Visitors to dealer’s gallery were stunned as they saw for first time works of unknown master.
The story goes that Cezanne arrived at gallery and was also stunned. He had never before seen his work featured and admired this way. He walked around looking at his paintings, leaning on his son for support. Slowly he turned his head and looked at his son in surprise and awe. Cezanne then said, “They have put them in frames!”
And second painter story: Picasso was being interviewed by an inexperienced critic. The critic asked why Picasso did not paint things to look as they actually do.
“I am not sure what you mean,” Picasso replied.
The critic took a photo of his wife out of his wallet and showed it to Picasso saying, “Like this. This is how she really looks.”
Picasso looked at photo and said, “She’s quite small. And rather flat.”