Matisse Monday

“The Woman with the Hat” by Henri Matisse. (1905)

Copying a master is impossible to do without learning a great deal about how he (or she) worked his (or her) palette. Much can be learned from copying a painting you admire, and in the process, much is learned about the painter.

Photo above, snapped in progress, showing the order in which I think the original might have been painted.  Painted in oil on canvas, 16″x20″.

Fin. The original “The Woman with the Hat” (oil on canvas, 80.6cm x 59.7cm) was painted by Henri Matisse in 1905. The painting is at home in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA), in their permanent collection. The kids and I saw it there last October. It is breathtakingly beautiful in person. My memory of the painting was that it was a bit more vibrant and chunky with paint than the photo I was copying from suggested. I will need to keep adding layers to achieve the texture.

Anyway, a great exercise for a rainy day!

San Francisco MOMA:

“Henri Émile Benoît Matisse was a French artist, known for both his use of color and his fluid and original draughtsmanship.”  Wikipedia




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