Monday, September 6, 2010

Matisse: Radical Invention, 1913–1917

Henri Matisse painting Bathers by a River, May 13, 1913. Photograph by Alvin Langdon Coburn. Courtesy of George Eastman House, International Museum of Photography and Film, Rochester                   

The first gallery of paintings showed how Matisse was taught to paint copies of the masters, but learned to develop his own interpretation of the classic compositions,  beginning with a series of paintings on the subject of Arcadia.  What a great subject for a series of poems. 

I was captivated by this drypoint of Greta Prozor. 

Drypoint, Greta Prozor, MOMA

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