Monday, September 4, 2023

Henri Matisse....................

 Today all it takes to buy a Matisse is a lot of money.  Sixty-odd years ago it was not wealth that was needed so much as courage, faith in the new, and a bit of artistic clairvoyance.  In the early 1900s, such qualities were almost nonexistent among French collectors and gallery owners, who considered Matisse a misguided radical, hardly a good investment.  At his few exhibitions his paintings were jeered at for their implausible colors, two-dimensional quality and primitive design: practically none were bought.

-The World of Matisse 1869-1954, published by Time-Life Books in 1969

Henri Matisse   The Open Window   Oil on canvass  1905

Self Portrait    1906

Joy of Life       1905

Dance     1910

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