I knew that the second season of Genius would be inspiration, contemplation and very much needed context, as if a long time ago you had started putting together a puzzle of somebody’s live, but you missed pieces and reasons.
A few things keep resonating in me after the ten episodes for this extraordinary, whimsical, driven innovator which some would call a prick, a rake, an egoist and they might be right depending on their viewpoint:
- his purposefulness and outright refusal to compromise
- his fierce desire to surpass a colleague by whom he felt awed (Matisse) and thus to surpass himself
- his hectic search for the new, the different, the radical
- using women as source of love energy, mystery, inspiration that incessantly keep him “hungry” for life
- his unconditional rejection of any rules
- placing art before and above all (which is a condition for greatness as long as one is ready to pay the price)