So in 1905 the Salon hung Woman with the Hat in Room VII along with other paintings with intense color––Derain, Vlaminck, Manguin, etc. When a critic walked into the room he noticed one small conventional statute of a cupid among all these crazy colorful paintings. He said “Aha Donatello among les fauves (wild beasts)!” The name stuck.
I just love this portrait of Matisse (above right) by Derain.
I’ve been reading the section about Picasso and Matisse in The Art of Rivalry. Then I went down a rabbit hole researching Marguerite, Matisse daughter from a previous relationship. She's pretty fascinating.
Marguerite was born in the same year 1894 that Picasso’s sister Conchita died of diphtheria. Marguerite also had diphtheria as a young girl and had to have an emergency tracheotomy on the kitchen table while Matisse held her down. She survived this and typhoid fever but was left with quite a scar, which is why she’s always wearing a scarf or high collared shirt. She was too frail to go to school and so was educated at home and became Matisse’s model and assistant.
I found the whole rivalry between Picasso and Matisse to be sad. Gertrude Stein really exacerbated the whole thing and kinda forced people to be either team Picasso or team Matisse. And then of course Picasso just being kind of jerk in general. Really they influenced each other quite a lot. Mostly Matisse’s work seemed to make Picasso push further but even Picasso’s cubism got to Matisse as shown in this piece below which is one of his portraits of Marguerite.
As for me this week, here's what I made...
After looking at those paintings of Marguerite, I decided to do some quick sketches of my own daughter Clara. Was fun to just be sloppy and loose.
And I just love this Marguerite painting so much that I had to make my own... and I think doing a copy was exactly what I needed to get myself out of the funk I’ve been in.