He Had No Inkling

via Daily Prompt: Inkling


Why Pisssaro? Did I have an Inkling? Not really, but I loved this quote by him:

I remember that, although I was full of fervour, 
I didn't have the slightest inkling, even at forty, 
of the deeper side to the movement we were pursuing by instinct. 
It was in the air! (Camille Pissarro).

Such humility, such openness, no guile. But equally such boldness, passion and energy. Pissarro, an impressionist and neo-impressionist painter was considered by the younger ones, Renoir, Cezanne, Gauguin, as the father of the impressionist movement, and their master and mentor. But, as Pissarro states, it wasn’t a forethought, there was no intenional movement at first, there was no plan, they just went with their creativity, their energy.

It says to me that if you try to be profound, if you try too hard to be the one, to be noticed, it becomes forced, even fake. The impressionists didn’t try to be impressionists, they simply worked at their painting and it became something, and eventually, beyond them.

Pissarro also helped to form a painters collective. In that sense, he was also showing that we bring our self to bear in the work we do, but we can really grow and flourish in community. He had no inkling, but he gave himself fully to his passion and creativity. His impressionism has left its mark.




Filed under art, community, history, life

16 responses to “He Had No Inkling

  1. Lyn Cannon

    A great reflection – so true those that pave the way often just following their passion like the reformers- they didn’t create a movement but people followed them and were inspired by them and it was then identified as a movement by the wider society – I guess even Jesus came to free people from the religion of the day but people turned it into a religion too. xx


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  2. deep and something in there for me, thanks Paul 🙂
    How’s the fluff ball .. 😉

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  3. Yes, forced can turn to phony. Very interesting piece! 🙂

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  5. The same principle I apply to passion of writing — I just write without thought if anyone will read my works or not. I suppose one has to love whatever he or she doing first and foremost.

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