The mythology of various artists, it is an aspect of how their work is interpreted. It’s important to recognize, even to experience, the myth if one is to understand certain things about the artists, about the impact their work has made. Artists like Matisse and Picasso devised their own myths, had well-styled public faces while they were living. They recognized the importance – Degas also, in his being “illustrious and unknown” – to preserve the mystery of art.
[Above, my copy after a Degas drawing of a dancer.]