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


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.


Karena said...

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

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.