Henri Matisse Notecard Folio
Ten 5 x 7 in. blank notecards with envelopes in a decorative folio.
Published with The Barnes Foundation.
Setting a collection of objects on a tabletop, an artist often arranges a self-portrait. The still lifes composed by Henri Matisse (French, 1869–1954) in the first decade of the twentieth century describe a painter who was discovering a new approach even as he paid hommage to noble predecessors.
A child of the north, Matisse adored the changing light of the Mediterranean, which fills Blue Still Life and Dishes and Melon. From his first glimpse, when he and his new wife visited Corsica in 1899, he responded with his palette. Subsequent stays in St. Tropez, Algeria, Morocco, and other points around the sea, often in the company of fellow painters, liberated Matisse from what vestiges of convention clung to him after early encounters with Cèzanne, Gauguin, and Van Gogh.
Matisse included in Dishes and Melon a plaster figure that recalls a small cupid that Cèzanne had used in several late still lifes. But the jabbing application of paint, the splendidly expressive colors, and the presentation of ceramics brought back from a recent trip to Algeria lend the canvases a distinctly personal quality.
Contains five each of the following notecards:
Dishes and Melon (Assiettes et melon), 1906 / 1907
Blue Still Life (Nature morte bleue), 1907