four sketches of objects in Matisse’s studio

Henri Matisse collected objects and placed them as actors centre-stage and in the wings in the dramas of his still life images.

  

  

He used cut out shapes to position his players and the cut outs themselves became art.

  

He spent a year searching for a Venetian carved wood chair and was delighted with his find.

These six last images include a couple of illicit photographs, and scans of post cards and illustrations in the book accompanying the exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts exhibition, “Matisse in the studio“.  I love the simple lininess in the third and last of these illustrations and the simple blockiness of the cut-outs and just the idea of exploring the relationships between the contents of a studio full of things.

12 responses to “four sketches of objects in Matisse’s studio

  1. I like these. Matisse and Picasso had a very interesting relationship, friends and rivals. I saw an amazing piece by Matisse at the National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh. It was a small, briefcase size, suitcase which opened out into many individual tiny pieces of art. It fascinated me.

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