matisse studio

lovely to see the objects and tools of inspiration at the matisse in his studio exhibition at the royal academy.   i am not sure whether these are the genuine objects that are in the still life paintings, but it shows how he spent time in choosing and preparing his objects, moving them around until he got the arrangement that he liked, painting them over and over again in different scenarios.  Such an interesting show from another perspective.  one always assumes that painters just see a part of a room, or an arrangement of objects then paints them, but like everything in life, things are more considered and deliberately grouped to create the aesthetic.  as a former stylist, i should have guessed – i spend hours trying out arrangements of objects for my own still lives – interior shoots are rarely the rooms untouched –  though occasionally i do just capture a grouping that catches my eye just as it is.


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