This is the best shot of it I could take, from the ferry to Staten Island. Such iconic things always have a big impact on me. On anybody I guess?
For many, Matisse is just one of the Aristocats‘ kittens. Before being a cat though, he was a famous French painter who belonged to a few different movements: Fauvism, Impressionism, Modernism and, I declare, Matissism. Why not.
This particular work is not even a real “painting”: once too ill for painting, Matisse used the aid of a few assistants to cut the shapes out of colored paper and glue them on to the canvas. You can identify two figures, a parrot and a marmaid, which replaced a snail that was originally there. Matisse was confined home, and said of this piece: “I have made a little garden all around me, where I can walk”.
This colored garden is at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.
Hi peeps, this one that you see today has been the last ride of 2012. Autumn was in full swing but it already felt like winter. I took the train to Woerden, where I started another bike ride from, and then rode back to Amsterdam. It was misty, damp and very cold.
Here follows the interactive route. Open the post on the website if you want to see it but can’t see it in your email / RSS feed.
We never really realize how important the ground beneath our feet is.
Cool, I got away with a stylish opening line. This awesome carpet has been the ground beneath my feet for many years in my teenage room in Rome. I would know everything about it: the little defects in its design patterns, its smell, the stains that won’t go away. It was a life companion that I will never forget.
I nailed a flashy ending line too.