She has disturbed the complacency of the canvas.
Pulsing paintstrokes and palping pigments
Have birthed her from the beating,
Bleating conscience of the artist.
The heart enchants his hand, thus altérant la réalité. Behold.
I am thunderous veracity cloaked in color
Bolting down conviction on the sense of vision.
Her simplicité, nouveauté, and féminité are gracious.
With tilted head, her beckoning stare ushers you forward
To whisper a graphite truth that ought to be remembered:
La beauté n’est pas dan l’oeil du spectateur.
Once you are indebted, you are able to grow bold.
Perching as an enthroned Athena, I grow impatient
Waiting to bestow my riddle with any mortal venturing near.
Accused of incompleteness and incompetence,
The crucifiers ridicule her hat into a coronet of thorns.
But the idolizers are no better…
Their costumey cajolery burdens the hat with pompous, petty jewelry.
Both ought to be blinded and let their sight be sold.
Again I tell you, it is easier for a blind man to decipher
Muses from monsters than for the sighted to name them.
Only the eyeless are dazzled by the incarnation of her inner spirit:
Hear her blithe laugh through pursed lips; see her bright dance through stoic stance.
All else fades—gradually—into a perplexing paradox that can only be known
In hues of blues and shimmers of warmth.
Her winged annonciation alarms the mind eclipsing evaluation cold.
Fair beauty is sovereign from such foul beholders, I would know.
For I am the masterpiece that inspired master Matisse.
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The featured image is “Woman with a Hat” (1905) by Henri Matisse (1869-1954) and is in the public domain, courtesy of WikiArt.