Inspired By Matisse
"Algue rouge sur fond bleu ciel," Henri Matisse's paper cut-out, executed in 1952. This work sold for £624,000, through Christie's, February 2005.
One of the most magical experiences I ever had involved a private late night viewing of a large Matisse exhibition (a great perk of being a docent). Seeing the artist's energetic work up-close, in an empty museum, was mesmerizing. I can't imagine what it was like for the clients of Sister Parish, Albert Hadley and Billy Baldwin, who lived everyday with original Matisse's, Picasso's and Gauguin's.
Above, this Sister Parish print, "Burma," is I think intended to resemble Indian hand-blocked fabric, but the repeating design also reminds me of Matisse's iconic, abstract frond of seaweed.
A few weeks ago, I posted this Matisse-inspired chocolate-and-white pillow from Pieces.
Related reading: Matisse, His Art and His Textiles.