woman in landscape / a matisse we saw at the barnes collection / by Philip Tarlow

Henri Matisse. Three Sisters with an African Sculpture (Les Trois sœurs à la sculpture africaine), between May and mid-July 1917. Oil on canvas, Overall: 77 1/8 x 38 1/4 in. (195.9 x 97.2 cm). BF363. In Copyright. ©2017 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Henri Matisse. Three Sisters with an African Sculpture (Les Trois sœurs à la sculpture africaine), between May and mid-July 1917. Oil on canvas, Overall: 77 1/8 x 38 1/4 in. (195.9 x 97.2 cm). BF363. In Copyright. ©2017 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

4:55 PM: this is one of the magnificent matisse paintings we saw recently at the barnes collection in philadelphia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2:46 PM: i began the drawing for a new 36x38" painting titled woman in landscape. this will be a much longer process than the collages i've been working on the past few weeks. i have always been enamored of the figure in the landscape and have looked again and again, over the decades, at how the great masters approached it. from courbet to manet, corot and matisse. a small figure in a large landscape can create mystery.

here you see a drawing of the figure i'll be including. it originates in a 2005 painitng i made in gouache on paper on thecycladic  island of andros, where i've spent much time.

she is dwarfed by the large rocks, which are actually from a photo i shot at north crestone creek recently.