Matisse Sets the Bar for Artists

“A work of art must carry in itself its complete significance and impose it upon the beholder even before he can identify the subject matter.”             Henri Matisse, as presented in Henri Matisse, Carolyn Lanchner, MoMA, 2012

Although I whole-heartedly agree with Matisse’s statement, it also causes me some anxiety. Now that I’ve said that out loud, I feel some added pressure to produce artwork that can live but to all the statement contends. I consider this the ultimate goal for an artist regardless of subject, media or skill level.