Sunday, February 5, 2017

Painted Patterns by Matisse

Pink Statuette and Jug on Red Chest, 1910

Vase of Irises, 1912

Still-life with Blue Tablecloth, 1909

". . . although a piece of cloth is a real object, it also contains its own pictorial field, which can function as a kind of picture within a picture, and be made to interact with the objects around it in an imaginary as well as a physical way. . . . The decorative motifs on textiles provided Matisse with a dynamic and effective means of suggesting energy and growth, and of making the space of his painting seem to expand beyond its physical bounds."  

Red Room, 1908

Vase, Bottle, Fruit, 1906

Spanish Still-life, 1910-11

"Matisse converted textiles to his use in very different ways at different stages, recruiting them initially as subversive agents in the campaign to liberate painting from a tyrannical and decadent classicism that preoccupied his generation in the decade before the First World War. Flowered, dotted, striped or plain, billowing across  the canvas or pinned flat to the picture plane, textiles became in his hands an increasingly disruptive force used to destabilize the laws of three-dimensional illusion."

Still-life with Dance, 1909

Bouquet on Veranda, 1912

The Red Carpet, 1906

Bouquet in Two-handled Vase, 1907

Seville Still-life, 1910-11

The Conversation, 1908-12

Crockery on a Table, 1900

The Painter's Family, 1911

"He clashed his colors together like cymbals," wrote John Berger, when Matisse died in 1954, "and the effect was like a lullaby."

 quoted passages are from Matisse, His Art and His Textiles : The Fabric of Dreams (London : Royal Academy of Arts, 2004). All paintings are from the collection of the State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg.