In my time, Monsieur, one did not succeed
Official neglect, or positive abuse and persecution, were the lot of such artists as Cezanne, whose sel! portrait is shown above, and of Monet, Courbet, Renoir, Whistler, Gauguin and Manet. Edgar Degas spoke fo r them all, when he said bitterly, toward the end his life, "In my time, Monsieur, one did not succeed". Cezanne himself had to spend his energy, precious to the world, in attempting to break down barriers of academic hostility which kept his paintings from the public. He denounced "the unfair judgment of men to whom I have not given the authority to judge me". The only reply to this protest made by one of the greate.st men in the history of world art, carne from a long-forgotten offlcial who told Cezanne that to give public sponsorship to works not accflpta ble to the academicians would be "inconsistent with the dignity of art".
Today, art concerns not only the artist, but ali the people. If the artist "does not succeed" - the people do not succeed. The Unesco Courier has therefore raised the question with the artists of the world, how is it in our time?