The first days of Summer ignite memories of a biting New York City night in February, when MoMa stayed open until dawn, and the cool-kid locals, diverse in both age and ethnicity, emerged to get a glimpse into the mind of Henri Matisse…
Prior to attending the exhibit, I Netflix’d Barbara Freed’s ‘A Model for Matisse’…a documentary recounting their relationship (described by Matisse as a ‘fleur-tation’ ) between the artist and Sister Jacques-Marie, the nurse who would become his muse; the chapel she would inspire, and he would later create…with traces of his gouaches découpés, or ‘cut-outs,‘ of stained paper, synchronously and subtly expressed in the stained glass windows of the Chapelle du Rosaire de Vence.
The documentary pulled me closer to the art, to the artist; and his brain, seemingly made of vibrant color, and adventure…The Cut-Outs, with intentional fluidity of shape, directly inspired my Summer theme…to live vibrantly, in flowy, flirty, unstructured pieces of bold color, celebrating femininity…
…Summer beauty of cheekbones ‘cutout’ with bronzer, slow-grinding against the boldness of NARS-blushed cheeks that smile to the beat of Mark Ronson’s ‘Summer Breaking’…bold liquid liner for Friday night eyes, on a Tuesday…and lips stained to last, and you know, last…;)
‘A fleur-tation…What takes place between us is like a shower of flowers- rose petals that we throw at each other.’ ~Henri Matisse