Matisse & Me

“I wouldn’t mind turning into a vermilion goldfish.” – Henri Matisse

my top 10 lists are always changing – top 10 bands i want to see live (daft punk & arcade fire are usually in there), top 10 hottie actors (hello jon hamm, hello javier bardem), top 10 foods i would choose as my last meal (that is a particularly tough one) …but some of my top 10 famous artists are pretty easy to nail down: gauguin, van gogh, odilon redon, cezanne, rousseau, chagall, picasso and matisse amongst others. all at their most colourful periods.

so when my boyfriend told me he was going to see a matisse exhibition at the pompidou in paris i was quite jealous (also because i wasn’t in paris, really). the exhibition is called Matisse Pairs and Sets and it boasts 90 of his works that show how he would paint or draw the same subject over and over in different ways. he once said, “I do not literally paint that table, but the emotion it produces upon me.” it really is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see all these works collected in one place,  so if you’re in the area go check it out – it’s running until 18 June.

since i couldn’t be there (grumble grumble) i decided to look through his amazing body of work, and then i started seeing bits of Matisse everywhere.

right: detail of mara hoffman swimsuit

right: photograph by ty williams

right: street style by vogue

below: the apartment

right: street style by vanessa jackman

right: the queen

below: photograph by david

right: street style by streetpeeper

right: dvf

right: ruffled

right: street style by streetstyle aesthetic

right: abstraction pillow

right: streetstyle by the street fashion 5 xpro

right: dress by poti poti

all artwork images courtesy of wikipaintings

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55 Responses to Matisse & Me

  1. Edna Gee Tuesday 12 June, 2012 at 2:07 pm #

    love these Matisse comparisons. Some brightness for a very grey day I am having.

  2. Lynn Tuesday 12 June, 2012 at 2:09 pm #

    You really have one of the best blogs out there. Your eye is incredible!

  3. Betül Tuesday 12 June, 2012 at 2:11 pm #

    Oh again perfect matches! I love the one with queen!

  4. Truchen Tuesday 12 June, 2012 at 2:32 pm #

    What an amazing post! Great fan of Matisse too and just as bummed – only going to Paris in September so Ill sadly miss it!

  5. Kathryn (Becoming you) Tuesday 12 June, 2012 at 2:34 pm #

    Lovely the beautiful bright colours – perfect for a grey day such as today!! Thanks for the mood lift

  6. Maria João Tuesday 12 June, 2012 at 2:37 pm #

    Simply amazing. I love Matisse and you do this so well *

  7. Sandra (Art & Coffee) Tuesday 12 June, 2012 at 2:52 pm #

    This post is AMAZING!

  8. Marimorena Tuesday 12 June, 2012 at 2:54 pm #

    Really love this post!!!
    ;-)

  9. Tunet Jordaan Tuesday 12 June, 2012 at 3:12 pm #

    This post is so awesome it made me cry ( in a good way).

  10. annie Tuesday 12 June, 2012 at 3:19 pm #

    Hands down you’ve got talent!

  11. Helena Tuesday 12 June, 2012 at 3:36 pm #

    Este post é uma maravilha. Muito bom!

  12. Pascale Tuesday 12 June, 2012 at 4:00 pm #

    You are a great AD ! Bravo from Paris !

  13. Lauren Tuesday 12 June, 2012 at 4:10 pm #

    What a wonderful post! You have such a knack for mixing images together! This is one of my all-time favorite posts. So well done!!

  14. Linda Tuesday 12 June, 2012 at 6:06 pm #

    Good eye. As always. :)

  15. Hannah Tuesday 12 June, 2012 at 7:00 pm #

    A burst of colour on this wet and dreary day! Your selections and comparisons are always intriguing, checking to see if you’ve posted something new is a highlight of my morning.

  16. Piia Tuesday 12 June, 2012 at 7:26 pm #

    So good!Loving the combos!

  17. agnes szucs Tuesday 12 June, 2012 at 7:54 pm #

    awesome matches!!! i love Matisse a lot!

    xoxo
    agnes

    http://iiiinspired.blogspot.hu/
    http://agnesszucs.blogspot.hu/

  18. Angela Tuesday 12 June, 2012 at 7:57 pm #

    Just beautiful. I really love your comparisons. Matisse is the best!

  19. Pam Tuesday 12 June, 2012 at 8:02 pm #

    Incredible combinations. Truly inspiring!

  20. Marion Tuesday 12 June, 2012 at 8:56 pm #

    Wow ! Congratulations for these assimilations !
    I’m planning to go to the exhibition these next days – because it ends next week, and i also want to see Gerhard Richter exhibition.
    Your post makes me want to go the Pompidou center more than ever now !

  21. Sarah Tuesday 12 June, 2012 at 9:02 pm #

    Great comparisons– very inspiring

  22. Catherine Tuesday 12 June, 2012 at 10:13 pm #

    I am a huge Matisse fan as well – his work is so incredible. I am always awed by your mashups, be it food or famous artists. I love the parallels you’ve drawn here!

  23. Victoria Wednesday 13 June, 2012 at 1:14 am #

    Beautiful post! I’m jealous of you. ;)

  24. ELISE Wednesday 13 June, 2012 at 1:16 am #

    I just found your blog last week..and I think it is one of the best out there!!!
    This post obviously proves why I think so!
    LOVE MATISSE!
    and love ALL OF THIS.

    <3

  25. Mary Wang Wednesday 13 June, 2012 at 2:41 am #

    Matisse is one my all time favorite artists as well! Geez louise Diana why are you so awesome.

  26. Sarah Wednesday 13 June, 2012 at 2:54 am #

    I love the one with the queen!

  27. Sue Wednesday 13 June, 2012 at 4:20 am #

    This is so brilliant! Love Matisse!

  28. Christine Lu Wednesday 13 June, 2012 at 5:08 am #

    I love Matisse and I love this post – brilliant!

  29. Sara S. Wednesday 13 June, 2012 at 9:02 am #

    That was unbelivable beautiful. Lets all run away to Paris….

  30. oks Wednesday 13 June, 2012 at 9:17 am #

    I LOVE this post! What a fresh, brilliant idea and amazing execution! Thanks for inspiring my day.

  31. Cristina S. Wednesday 13 June, 2012 at 9:24 am #

    What a wonderful post!!!!! my favourite painter of all times and these inspiring comparisons, thank you from Spain!!

  32. paz Wednesday 13 June, 2012 at 10:46 am #

    This is such a brilliant, beautiful post! I think I love you

  33. Carrie Wednesday 13 June, 2012 at 3:46 pm #

    I am completely smitten with this round of match up. I am continually impressed your eye and ability to literally find the perfect mates! What a great dose of inspiration today!

    Cheers!

  34. Maria Wednesday 13 June, 2012 at 4:56 pm #

    This is fantastic, such a good idea and so well done!

  35. thefrancofly Wednesday 13 June, 2012 at 5:51 pm #

    I was so inspired by Matisse’s expo at the Pompidou! I love seeing how it’s unconsciously inspired street style. And thanks for joyously connecting the two!

  36. Joanna Thursday 14 June, 2012 at 1:10 am #

    this is one fantastic post

  37. Diego Thursday 14 June, 2012 at 3:11 am #

    Hi! just discovered your blog and I must say I liked it very much!

    I want to also say, that I was very impressed with Mara Hoffman’s swimsuit similarity with mexican (Specifically from Oaxaca region) traditional fabric patterns and crafs.

    http://www.fonart.gob.mx/web/index.php?option=com_joomgallery&func=detail&id=347&Itemid=130
    http://www.fonart.gob.mx/web/components/com_joomgallery/img_originals/gran_premio_de_arte_popular_mexicano_1/xxxv_edicion_gran_premio_nacional_de_arte_popular_bicentenario_2010_2/b_textiles_6/textiles_bordados_45/mantel_bordado_20101108_1398047405.jpg

    I think she was possibly inspired by Oaxacan people.

    You should check out their crafts and I think you’ll love em :) Incredibly detailed stuff! From fabric, to alebrijes (traditional wooden fantasy monsters)

    Keep blogging!!

    :D

  38. Diego Thursday 14 June, 2012 at 3:13 am #

    By the way… those examples are hand embroidery

    :)

  39. f Thursday 14 June, 2012 at 4:05 am #

    love matisse always! and your pairings are spot on…

  40. Mia Thursday 14 June, 2012 at 9:29 am #

    This is definitely stating the obvious (but that rarely stops me) – you have an incredible eye, and a really unique perspective. This is a post I’ll be coming back to a lot.

  41. Marta Thursday 14 June, 2012 at 12:17 pm #

    A-m-a-z-i-n-g. I love you!

  42. lilian Thursday 14 June, 2012 at 3:54 pm #

    this is so AMAZING @ _ @

  43. tracy fillion Friday 15 June, 2012 at 4:26 pm #

    This post is Amazing!!!

  44. Christina Friday 15 June, 2012 at 6:21 pm #

    This was fantastic. I am more and more impressed by your blog. I usually stick to strictly interior design blogs but I’m always enthralled by what you post!

  45. The Baker Sunday 17 June, 2012 at 8:57 pm #

    What an amazing post! Matisse has always been one of my favorite artists (along with Chagall), and his colorful paintings have inspired me in my own life. Thank you for posting these lovely images alongside his beautiful works.
    I’m definitely bookmarking this page for future viewing :)
    Bisous

  46. Darcy Monday 18 June, 2012 at 12:40 am #

    these are amazing! thank you!

  47. thecitygourmand Monday 18 June, 2012 at 5:27 am #

    These match-ups are perfect! You have a knack ;)

  48. avalonne hall Monday 18 June, 2012 at 2:58 pm #

    You have such a great eye. Matisse is one of my favorite artists ever. I love his use of color and his brush strokes and his overall style really speaks to me. I wish I could owe a Matisse original or just go to his exhibit. I hope they do an extensive Matisse exhibit in New York sometime soon! Ahhh! Come on MoMA or The Met!

  49. Caterina Gabelli Monday 18 June, 2012 at 11:18 pm #

    FANTASTIC, amazing post!

  50. Emily Reinhardt Tuesday 19 June, 2012 at 1:52 am #

    i’m so in awe over this post. beautiful!

  51. wendy-frances Tuesday 19 June, 2012 at 5:43 pm #

    Thank you! Very enjoyable, beautiful and inspirational post.

  52. Jenny Mason Tuesday 19 June, 2012 at 10:54 pm #

    This is incredibly beautiful. I love how you did the pairing of looks. So clever. Thanks for the inspiration. Keep it coming ;)

  53. Floddertje Thursday 21 June, 2012 at 10:48 am #

    Oh my this is so so so great! (i’m an art historian student so i couldn’t resist leaving a message)

  54. Kelli Thursday 28 June, 2012 at 9:45 pm #

    You have one of the most lovely blogs I have ever seen. It’s clear you take plenty of time and effort — it shows through its beauty and intelligence. Thank you for being an amazing inspiration.
    Best wishes, K

  55. Laurie Tuesday 8 January, 2013 at 5:01 am #

    I love it enough to submit a comment!

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