But we still had a great conversation about Matisse on Art during yesterday's Book Club. It's a fascinating read and one that I know I'm going to finish and then keep coming back to again and again. Check it out for yourself in this replay video:
I have had a long love affair with Matisse. In 2011 I visited the Art Institute of Chicago and wrote about Matisse: "Matisse always reminds me that it takes so few lines to communicate." My feelings haven't changed.
One of my favorite Matisse paintings:
After reading Matisse on Art I now understand all the things I got wrong when I made this copy. Now I have a greater understanding of Matisse's philosophy about creating art. I'm excited to give it a try again with some of these new ideas rattling around in my head.
(You might also like THIS blog post with lots of photos from the "Matisse in the Studio" exhibit at the MFA.)
There are so many Matisse-isms that I agree with. One of them that seems very relevant at the moment since I'm currently teaching a sketchbook class is:
"Drawing is for me the art of being able to express myself with line. When an artist or student draws a nude figure with painstaking care, the result is drawing, and not emotion....[An artist] should not copy the walls, or objects on a table, but he should, above all, express a vision of color, the harmony of which corresponds to his feeling." - Henri Matisse
I think what he's really saying is: You're not a camera.
Finally: A reminder that Book Club is FREE and open to all. You don't need to have read the book to participate, but it sure is more fun for me if you come to chat! The next Book Club will be on Wednesday, September 15 at 8pm EST. We will be discussing Watercolor is for Everyone by Kateri Ewing. If you click through THIS LINK you can set a reminder for yourself. I hope to see you there!