Matisse’s Mom Might DisagreePosted: May 11, 2013
It seemed to me that I ought to write something for Mothers Day, but that wasn’t going so well.
I took a break from being frustrated and remembered, mid-break, that I ought to call my Mom and let her know when I would stop by for a Mother’s Day visit. We talked about our days, and then she remembered that she had something she wanted to talk to me about.
On the way in to where she’d left herself a note, she asked if I’d ever seen Antiques Roadshow. I told her I had, but not today. “Someone was on with what looked like pencil drawings, but they were done by Picasso and …oh here’s my note…Picasso and Matisse. You know about them, right?”
I do know about them, about enough to fill a thimble. My lack of knowledge about Picasso and Matisse doesn’t embarrass me. Neither of those painters made any effort to learn about me. What’s good for the goose is good for the painters, that’s what I always say. Well, not always, but in that last sentence, I did say it.
Mom continued. “This person had these drawings, one of them was by Matisse. It was just a line drawing of a woman’s head. Do you know how much it is worth? $20,000. I saw that and thought it was just like the drawings you do on your Blurt.” (I’m not certain, I think this is what she was talking about)
She went on to point out that in my drawings for my Five Minutes series, I look sad or happy as the story requires. She also pointed out that my drawings look like me without hair and they were very much like what Matisse had sketched.
You know, there’s one person on earth who will always look at you and see that baby from many years ago. She’d hang your art on the fridge too, even now. But if she tells you that your drawing looks like a Matisse, I’m sorry, Matisse is spoken for.
I’m still looking for something to write for Mothers Day. In case I don’t find something, head on back to my Mom’s favorite post.