Inspiration, some eye candy, more inspiration

Matisse_Green_Robe Laurette in a Green Robe (Black Background), 1916
Henri Matisse (French, 1869–1954)
Oil on canvas

28 3/4 x 21 3/8 in. (73 x 54.3 cm)
Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection, 1998 (1999.363.43)
© 2010 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

I was looking through a book about Matisse, when a page with the above painting caught my attention. I think it’s the colors…more inspiration.

Eye Candy-I no longer remember where I got this little snippet of information, but take a look at the photography of Carol Lyon here. I love the bird abstracts! More inspiration and possibly a have-to-have-it art purchase. The website says they can be printed on metallic paper or canvas—will have to send a query, since I don’t understand the metallic part. But those bird abstracts are wonderful!

And another Matisse—Cutting out paper as part of the design process is something that I occasionally do. However, I have never painted the papers first, which seems to me to be a good idea. You’d have exactly the colors you want! Color-aid papers are good, but they are soooo expensive.


The Snail
1953; Goauche on cut-paper, 9′ 4 3/4″ x 9′ 5″ Tate Gallery, London

This composition of rectangular and squarish patches form a snail-like shape, this has no precedent in Matisse’s career. “The Snail” is one of Matisse’s final works. It points to the fact that his career could go on indefinitely, and to directions that later art would take beyond his own lifetime. The various works of Ellsworth Kelly, Kenneth Noland, and Frank Stella are instances of how Matisse’s insights would later be fulfilled.

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