Monday, August 16, 2010

Matisse's Obsession with Textiles

And we thought Matisse was "just a painter"...
However, his textile related background exerted a profound influence
on his art. This passion for textiles not only stimulated his creativity
but allowed him to "find his true artistic voice".

Mimosa Tapestry - Matisse Textile

Matisse, His Art and His Textiles. The Fabric of Dreams - "The premise of 'Matisse, His Art and His Textiles' [the exhibition] is that textiles were 'the key to (Matisse's) visual imagination'."

Schmattes of Matisse: Painter Was Obsessed With Textile Design - Hilton Kramer - "...textiles have all along been the key to a full understanding of Matisse’s art..."

How a Renown Painter Found Inspiration in Cloth - Roberta Smith - "Matisse...first encountered some of the salient characteristics of his own art in textile form."

Not just a man of the cloth - Laura Cumming - "Matisse was the son of textile workers...he was at home with the fabrics, surrounded by swatches, understanding their fluidity, weight and drape. He began collecting the stuff in his youth and by the end of his life had an archive so vast - 'my working library' he called it - and so ceaselessly replenished by trips to flea markets and tailors, bazaars in Morocco and Algeria, to the end-of-season sales at French couturiers, that a whole room of his flat in Nice was given over to fabrics."

Matisse's debt to textiles revealed - Maev Kennedy  - "Rainbow-coloured textiles were what rescued Henri Matisse from the flat, muddy sugar beet fields of northern France and made him one of the best loved artists of the 20th century."


Zho Zho said...

Loved the link to the article about Matisse being inspired by textiles. Thanks. You might like to become a follower of my blog, I love textiles too, and blog about history of costume and house museums.

Diana said...

Your pages are wonderful resources for textile students. Thank you so much, I am just starting on my journey and really enjoyed the posts about Matisse.

Gwen Magee (Gwendolyn) said...

Zho Zho,your blog is great and very informative! Am adding it to the this blog's resource list.

Gwen Magee (Gwendolyn) said...

Diana, I am really pleased that this blog is useful to you. Thanks for sharing.