Style Court

Eight Years of Textiles, History, Art, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes

5.05.2010

From Textile to Painting

 [Detail, Henri Matisse, 1869 - 1954, BOUQUET DE FLEURS POUR LE QUATORZE JUILLET via Sotheby's.]

[Henri Matisse, 1869 - 1954, BOUQUET DE FLEURS POUR LE QUATORZE JUILLET via Sotheby's.]

If you follow the major art auctions, you probably already know that Matisse's 1919 Bouquet de Fleurs pour le Quatorze Juillet sold tonight, above estimate, at Sotheby's Impressionist & Modern Evening Sale. (Hammer price here.)

 [Click here for video coverage of the key lots in the sale.]

The painting, Matisse's celebration of the first Bastille Day following the World War I Armistice, was earlier chosen by Sotheby's for the cover of the sale catalog.

[Henri Matisse textile collection as seen in Matisse, His Art and His Textiles and at Sotheby's online.]

I'm mentioning it hastily now, in part, because one of Matisse's treasured textiles (a 19th-century French printed cloth from the book I've been going on and on about) inspired the painting's background.


Above is Bennison's Matisse linen.


[Kuba cloth from Allan Arthur.]

And here, Kuba cloth in the background of a Henri Cartier-Bresson photograph of Matisse in his studio 1943-44, from Matisse, His Art and His Textiles. Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century, an exhibition currently on view at MoMA, includes the photographer's famous portrait of Matisse with his birds and is traveling to the High in 2011.

4 comments:

Karena said...

Can you believe the price the Matisse went for! Such beauty, and the fabrics from his designs are glorious.

Karena
Art by Karena

Mélanie A. said...

I love the fabrics from his designs

My Dog-Eared Pages said...

Hi Court!
I've landed here from tonight's Almost Famous 'blue' post. All so great! Had to say "hi." :-)

Style Court said...

Great to hear from you, Barbara! Thanks so much.

C