Adoption IS A Nightmare
2002-01-05 03:59:26 (UTC)

The Beauty Remains; the Pain Passes

Although Henri Matisse was nearly 28 years younger than
Auguste Renoir, the two great artists were dear friends and
frequent companions. When Renoir was confined to his home
during the last decade of his life, Matisse visited him
daily. Renoir, almost paralyzed by arthritis, continued to
paint in spite of his infirmities. One day as Matisse
watched the elder painter working in his studio, fighting
torturous pain with each brush stroke, he blurted out:
"Auguste, why do you continue to paint when you are in such
Renoir answered simply: "The beauty remains; the pain
passes." And so, almost to his dying day, Renoir put paint
to canvas. One of his most famous paintings, The Bathers,
was completed just two years before his passing, 14 years
after he was stricken by this disabling disease.
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