Tuesday, November 24, 2009

My New Matisse

Went to Blanchardstown branch library last week, brought back my Rothko print and borrowed a Matisse - The Blue Window 1913 . The original is in the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Quite a contrast to the Rothko though still very much based on the eccentric (is that the correct word?) use and appreciation of colour.

When I was in Nice, France recently I visited The Matisse Museum on the hill of Cimiez further up from the Chagall Museum. Matisse lived in Nice from 1918 until 1954 and the Museum has a collection of works left by the artist (and his heirs) to the city.

Well worth a visit especially for the models and preliminary sketches for the chapel at Vence which he designed. Vence is a city close to Nice and the chapel designed by Matisse is famous.

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