Friday, October 2, 2015

The Making of Blue Seated Nude by Pablo Matisse

Henri Matisse worked with an enormous pair of scissors to cut out the shapes for his Jazz series. For me the most daunting task of creating this hybrid of Matisse’s Blue Nude and Picasso’s portrait of Marie-Therese was attempting to graphically assimilate something created in another medium. There is this intangible frenetic energy you get from viewing Matisse’s originals, and the spontaneity of cutting shapes out of paper is not something you can duplicate in a painting, I don’t think.

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