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"Nothing, I think, is more difficult for a true painter than to paint a rose because, before he can do so, he has first to forget all the roses that were ever painted." ~Henri Matisse (1869-1954)

"Matisse was already in his early eighties, when he made the statement quoted above. He also observed that an artist has to look at life as he did when he was a child."


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Pablo, tell the gang to come on over. We're gonna have fun with this one.


Whew!--a folding screen. At least I can fold it and stick it somewhere so I can take a nap.


That's funny, Nev. Just before I read your treatise I was looking at the picture again and realized that had to be a screen, with its panels framed in wood. Nice to have my conclusions confirmed by the DMA. Thanks!


And a brief YouTube for you - Henry Matisse in 60 Seconds:-


From the Dallas Museum of Art:-

Beginning in the early 20th century, Henri Matisse began making floral still lifes, an interest he maintained for the rest of his life. In the central foreground of this painting, a gold-rimmed white fruit dish, or compotier, is the one object that has clearly defined volume and contour. Behind the compotier, Matisse juxtaposed a bouquet of loosely rendered flowers against the vertical backdrop of a folding screen painted with a floral motif. In his placement of the vase of flowers in front of a flat, floral surface, Matisse challenged viewers to consider which flowers are painted and which are real. He also played with the depiction of space. The depth of the room is suggested through overlapping forms—the table, screen, doorway, and framed artwork—rather than traditional linear perspective, in which the apparent size of an object shrinks as it recedes into space.
Excerpt from Nicole R. Myers, DMA label copy, 2018.

Thanks, Gayle.
Bill, there you go, Matisse "challenged" you.


If that is wallpaper, it sure would keep you from falling asleep in the easy chair.


I had a hard time telling where the flowers end and the wallpaper, if that's what it is, begins. But that made it interesting, so thanks, Gayle!