Henri Matisse lived in Good for a very long time. Arriving in 1917, the colours and light-weight of the Riviera influenced his work. David Hockney, he lives additional north, in Normandy, and since 2012 he has been engaged on nonetheless lifes on Ipad. All the things may separate them, the flower introduced them collectively. They’re exhibited collectively within the Matisse Museum. Go to as a part of this aromatic and colourful artwork biennial.
The fragility of flowers in portray on the Biennale des arts
The flower was already depicted on the partitions of the caves of prehistoric man. Nonetheless life has been a favourite theme for painters because the sixteenth century. Van Gogh’s sunflowers have change into a poster and Brueghel’s flower garlands are precision jewelry. Why this attraction amongst painters?
The reply is given by Jean-Jacques Aillagon, common curator of the Biennale des arts: “Portray flowers which might be about to fade, it’s the great thing about life and all its fragility that’s expressed.” The flower as a abstract of life may solely fascinate artists. Via the home windows of the Massena Museum, you’ll be able to see the everlasting silhouette of the palm bushes of the Promenade des Anglais and the placing blue of Good’s Mediterranean Sea. These visions impressed painters who have been drawn to the sunshine. Got here right here, Dufy, Chagall, Matisse.
On the wall of this trendy villa, the place one imagines the receptions of one other time, that of Napoleon III, posters from the early nineteenth century recount the time when the journey to the Cote d’Azur was a journey. The gaze falls on a poster made by Marc Chagall. As a vacationer and promoting slogan, Chagall proclaims the subject: “Enjoyable, solar and flowers”† In one other room of the museum, Berthe Morizot’s orange branches make you lengthy for spring sweets. Solely the odorama could be lacking. Within the works collected in Massena, the flower is each a vacationer argument, an artwork deco inside and a scent of nostalgia for the Backyard of Eden.
Matisse’s fresco: a dip in a backyard
In the direction of the heights of Good, in direction of the Matisse Museum. Since 1989, the Villa des Arènes has housed the Matisse assortment. An imposing constructing to accommodate the work of probably the most Good French painters. It was essential to current Flowers and fruits† This fresco measuring 8.70 meters by 4.10 meters is a composition in reduce gouache paper, produced in 1951. It opens the exhibition in a spectacular method Discovered a paradise† A face-to-face, or somewhat a side-by-side between Matisse and Hockney.
“Matisse has all the time been fascinated by flowers”, says Claudine Grammont, director of the Matisse Museum. †A bit like Claude Monet, he favored to take a look at their colours and their flowers. It is a motif that got here again all through his life in his portray.” To remain on the sofas of the Matisse Museum reverse this fresco is to enter a courtyard backyard. Arriving in a level of simplicity, purity within the varieties and within the selection of coloration, the portray results in serenity, to grace. “You’re transported in coloration” Claudine Gramont insists. “There are flowers all over the place for many who need to see them“, the painter wrote in 1947, on the finish of the conflict. A proof of his will to struggle grayness and worry. For him, it was a strategy to see the world with enchantment. A hard and fast and delicate thought for Matisse.
David Hockney’s “Recent Flowers”, Digital Flowers From Confinement
On the ground above a protracted alignment of nonetheless life, format 40×60. listed here are the recent flowers by David Hockney. Final October, a 90-meter frieze was positioned within the Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris. The Writer: David Hockney, precisely, one of the esteemed painters right now. One of many final lively pop artwork artists. It’s well-known for its Californian swimming pools from the Nineteen Sixties. The fresco informed the 4 seasons within the Normandy countryside. It was additionally a tribute to water lilies from Monet.
In Good, the British painter presents his recent flowers, nonetheless lifes of flowers in a vase on a desk. The topic appears outdated, maybe a bit kitsch or too postmodern for an artist who has turned the artwork world the other way up. That will be to overlook that Hockney remains to be a younger man. The Englishman paints these flowers on Ipad. He has been utilizing this system since 2010. Within the catalog of the exhibition he says that he all the time painted them in the identical place when the low solar casts shadows. He chooses the flowers on the florist in Dozulé, in Calvados, close to his dwelling. The result’s astonishing.
The flowers are digitally printed on 12-color printers, emphasizes David Hockney, a grasp of know-how and portray. The sunshine appears to return from the drawing. And the water within the vase turns into clear. “I’ve all the time favored to attract water and clear issues. That is why I made swimming swimming pools.” The circle is full between Hollywood 1970 and Normandy 2020.
Hockney-Matisse, virtually a no brainer
Bringing the 2 artists collectively was not instantly apparent. But the similarities change into clear as you stroll by the exhibition. Hockney admires Matisse’s use of coloration. “Picasso and Braque used line, Matisse used coloration”. Like Hockney, Matisse painted many interiors with a view. All through their careers they’ve tried to symbolize this gentle that comes from exterior. Matisse in his studio flats in Good. Hockney in California. Matisse was all the time busy with copy. David Hockney, in fact. To be recent flowers show it. “I am fairly positive Matisse would have had a ardour for portray on the Ipad.”
And as Claudine Grammont, who went to search out Hockney in her Norman refuge, says, how can we not draw a parallel between two getting old artists discovering refuge of their troubled our bodies? Matisse together with his reduce out papers and Hockney together with his iPad. A method of claiming that creation might be stronger than outdated age. These comparisons change into the rule of this fantastically named exhibition: Discovered a paradise.
The Good Arts Biennale: Flowers! till December 31, 2022 in 11 museums within the metropolis of Good