06 March, 2013

Matisse Magic and Thoughts

Somebody please tell The Met that their Matisse drawing,

...is a preparation for this painting:

"There are so many things in art, beginning with art itself, that one doesn't understand. A painter doesn't see everything that he has put into his painting. It is other people who find these treasures in it, one by one, and the richer a painting is in surprises of this sort, in treasures, the greater its author." Henri Matisse.

My review of The Conversation, 1938.

Image descriptions and credits:

Study for Song, 1938
Henri Matisse
Charcoal on paper
25 3/4 x 20 in. (65.4 x 50.8 cm)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The Pierre and Maria-Gaetana Matisse Collection, 2002 (2002.456.45)
© 2011 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

The Conversation, 1938.
Henri Matisse
18 3/8 in. x 21 3/4 in. (46.67 cm x 55.25 cm)
Acquired 1993
Collection SFMOMA
Bequest of Mr. James D. Zellerbach
© Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Source: http://www.sfmoma.org/explore/collection/artwork/4132##ixzz2Mm3mhbl6
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art


Unknown said...

There is so much vigorous, beautiful movement in that sketch, and the fact that it is the study for the painting is clear.

Donna Gordon Pastels and Giclees said...

Love the quote.

Unknown said...

Your scholarly analysis is most interesting and seems plausible. Excellent!

Casey Klahn said...

Thanks, Kathy and Donna. Unknown, too bad we never knew ye. Come on board and share.

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