Matisse in New York

I am a lucky person.

My dear husband surprised me at Christmas with a gift of a trip to New York City. The trip was scheduled for February 10-12.

As you know, I believe the whole world knows, last weekend, the February 10-12th weekend, was the weekend a blizzard brought about a foot of snow to the Big Apple. Our flight was the last one out of Atlanta so we made it!  Upon arriving we put on boots, coats, gloves and hats and set off to take advantage of everything our little hearts desired. I forgot to mention we both enjoy quality museums, so we spent a day and a half in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. An artist’s dream destination.

Quite by accident our trip coordinated with a special Matisse show. One of my favorite artists, a joyful, colorful palette. (The following photos are not from the show as photography was prohibited in that area.)

Classic Matisse at Metropolitan Museum of Art
Classic Matisse at Metropolitan Museum of Art

 

Those goldfish are a common subject for Matisse. From the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Those goldfish are a common subject for Matisse. From the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

 

Beautiful Lady at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Beautiful Lady at the
Metropolitan Museum of Art

I had to take home some memories from this special exhibit so made a few sketches.  I choose to remind myself of patterns, placement, design of a page, the way a line represents a face or figure.

Sketches from New York Matisse show
Sketches from New York Matisse show

The last sketch was a vase of Nasturtiums from one of the famous dancer paintings. The round leaves really intrigued me. I am sure I will “steal” that idea at some point when I am painting a vine. I doubt anybody will recognize it as something from a Matisse painting in New York, but it will remind me of this splendid weekend in the blizzard in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.