The Swimming Pool, one of his Museum's most treasured works by Matisse, I think the word truly fits. Thanks to MoMA's major conservation project, the epic (again, Lowry's word) fifty-four-foot-long blue-and-white paper frieze made in 1952 is now a highlight of the current exhibition, Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs.
When Matisse created The Swimming Pool, it blurred boundaries in more ways than one: it straddled lines between fine art and decoration, and between sculpture and painting, writes Lowry, and its subjects -- the graceful figures in the water -- splashed out beyond the white horizontal band and onto Matisse's burlap-covered dining room walls.
More than half a century later, the frieze still inspires: Today I'm looking back at designer Amelia Handegan's use of a Matisse-inspired mural. Pictured above is the painting she commissioned from Kristin Bunting for a Sullivan's Island dining room.