Friday, August 21, 2009
More on Matisse
I think if I wasn't an artist, I might be a reference librarian. I love pursuing "leads" that crop up in my reading- and the Matisse biographies offer so many leads. Take Simon Bussy - artist friend - and connected to the Bloomsbury group. The Humbert scandal came after the government dealt with the Dreyfus affair. Matisse's move to a former convent ties in to the government reclaiming property and separating church and state. Student Marie Vassilieff had a canteen for penniless artists - and so on. Where would we be without Google?