Matisse at Villa Le Reve

Matisse at Villa Le Reve


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Matisse at Villa Le Reve by Marie-France Boyer

Henri Matisse lived at the villa Le Rêve in Vence from 1943 to1948. Here he created a sensuous world, bringing to Vence all the objects without which he could not draw and paint—jugs, vases, tables and chairs, shells, fabrics.A young Russian-born photographer, Hélène Adant, often came to visit her cousin Lydia Delectorskaya, who was Matisse's model and assistant from 1935 onward. Adant's photographs are a unique record, a series of freeze-frames that reveal the nature of Matisse's preparation for his art: perhaps an ornate Venetian chair partners a wrought-iron table displaying a yellow pitcher and melons; a pot of lilies or an octagonal Moroccan table are added. Matisse, hat on head, draws his Haitian model wearing a frilled blouse that Lydia has provided for the sitting.

Marie-France Boyer's text evokes the particular atmosphere of Le Rêve, where Matisse produced Yellow and Blue Interior of 1946, Large Red InteriorAuthor Biography: Marie-France Boyer has been the Paris editor for World of Interiors magazine for twenty years. Her books, including Cabin Fever, The French Café, and The Cult of the Virgin, all reveal her distinctive sensitivity for people, places, and objects.

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ISBN-13: 9780500511756
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Publication date: 11/15/2004
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 6.86(w) x 8.52(h) x 0.52(d)

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