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Christine Merriam (
Mon, 28 Sep 1998 09:07:40 -0600

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 agony?"
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.

By The Best of Bits & Pieces
from A 3rd Serving of Chicken Soup for the Soul
Copyright 1996 by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen

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