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Going not gentle into that middle age.

Matisse ain’t my cup of tea.

Filed under: Arts,Painting — 11 February 2009 @ 4:34 pm

Michael and I went to the new exhibit of paintings, drawings and sculptures by Henri Matisse a couple of weekends ago. The exhibit, at the Bucerius Kunst Forum, focused on his portraits.

Matisse Ticket

Matisse Ticket


So, what did I see at this exhibit? In the words of the immortal Blackadder, “Utter. Crap.”

I’ve seen small children who could draw better than this guy. His portraits didn’t look anything like the folks he was purporting to portray. How do I know? In a side room, the exhibit helpfully included a row of photos of his models, and a “matching” row of photos of Matisse’s portraits. Except that they didn’t match.

We kept being told, as we paused at each picture in the main room, that Matisse was trying to capture the essence of his model. He captured no such thing. I read at one sketch that this was supposed to be a study for the painting which was hung nearby. I looked at the painting. I looked back at the study. They didn’t look like they were portraying the same model. They both looked awkward. And the painting certainly didn’t look like the photo of the model.

Utter. Crap.

Matisse ain’t my cup of tea. In German: “Matisse ist nicht mein Fall.”

But hey — it sure is fun being able to see real paintings so that I can post my opinions about them!

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