|Matisse 'Rocaille Chair' 1936|
The juxtaposition of some of his favourite objects with the paintings and sculptures they inspired or featured in was fascinating ( I covet his green glass vase)
I bought a copy of the ' Introduction to the exhibition for Teachers and Students' which explored key pieces in depth , asking questions that make you think such as ' What is the difference between a mask and a portrait? Using this as a guide and using exercises from ' Advanced Painting ' and 'Ways into Abstract Painting' gallery visits, I took notes and made quick sketches which have given me food for thought , particularly in composition and paint application ( I'm thinking of returning to oils for 'Contemporary Painting Studio' course at City lit ). Also reminded me how much I like drawing pewter!
|Matisse 'Large Red Interior' 1948|
It was good too to be reminded of his paintings of interiors. I first visited the Centre Pompidou in Paris in the late 1980's on a work trip stopping off between Rilland and Amiens. I was blown away by the artwork particularly 'Florentine Villas' by Paul Klee and 'Large Red Interior ' by Matisse and bought large posters of both. These posters combined with kelims bought on trips to Turkey and Morroco were what made various small rooms in shared houses and my first purchased flats ' home' . In my tiny studio flat, the Matisse print gave the illusion of additional rooms and enlarged the space. Alas the poster got water damaged when in storage between moves but the kelims are still in use.