According to Kathleen Krull, in her book “Lives of the Artists,” Henri Matisse subsisted on a strict diet of rice-only when he first started out as a painter. Not Rice-A-Roni. Just plain boiled rice.
Matisse refused to even allow himself to indulge in the luscious fruit that he bought for his still life paintings.
Instead, he saved that fruit for his art.
And for us.
Henri Matisse, Still Life with Oranges. 1899
Editor’s Note: Matisse eventually became one of the highest-paid artists of his time, imbing champagne and moving to the French Riviera– a real Rice to Riches story!