Saturday, March 27, 2010

Matisse In The Garden

I went to my monthly workshop at the Chicago Art Institute on Thursday and was priviledged to view the Matisse collection.  The collection was from a period in his life from 1911 - 1916 approximately, so it was a surprise to me that I was not seeing all of the bright colors that I associated with Matisse.

I immediately began relating his paintings to how I could reproduce them in plants either in containers or in my garden borders.  It is amazing how fast I was able to reproduce the triangles and linear aspects to what Gordon Hayward had spoken about at the Morton Arboretum in regard to Art In The Garden.  I could pick out that important focal point, that object to view from a window (Matisse had several window pictures) and that white that draws your eye into the picture.

Matisse embraced cubism during this period of his painting and actually owned a Cezanne painting of the "Three Bathers" that influenced his paintings from then on.  This was a surprise to me as I never associated Matisse with cubism, but obviously this was a major part of his work.


allanbecker-gardenguru said...

Hi Eileen,
Thank you for the exciting Matisse images. Somehow the computer screen adds a back illumination that one does not experience when seeing the pictures hanging.

Did you upload the images from the museum catalog or the web?
If from the catalog, did you use a scanner?
I am technologically impaired when it comes to these matters.

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Whoops,x-rated posting.LOL!
That is a fascinating idea and one I should have thought about. Arranging flower beds and plantings as you look out of your windows.Maybe because this old house has no good windows that look out onto my beds. But the designs could be achieved in the beds with flowers.
I have to tell you Eileen that I loved your Rosita Agastache so much that when I got an email from High Country gardens that they were on sale I had to get at least one to try here. LOL!
Have a wonderful weekend.

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Maybe I should have made that one smaller. It was the least descriptive of his other paintings. The High Country shipping is very high ha! ha! isn't it? I guess they have us when they are the only one that carries a certain plant.


Gatsbys Gardens said...


I sent you the page, so I hope it is readable. You are correct, the colors seem so much brighter than even at the museum.