Veere Gren­ney’s favourite paint­ing

Country Life Every Week - - Contents - Veere Gren­ney Veere Gren­ney is an in­te­rior de­signer

The in­te­rior de­signer chooses ‘a paint­ing by one of the great­est Masters, in ex­tra­or­di­nary shades of blue’

‘Matisse is among my top five favourite painters. In his Moroc­can se­ries, which I love, he cap­tures the light, colour and ex­oti­cism of North Africa. Land­scape Viewed From a Win­dow is the all-time favourite be­cause it’s Morocco, it’s Tang­ier (where I have a house) and the mid­dle of the pic­ture is dom­i­nated by St An­drew’s Church. The green pan­tile roof against the cobalt blue is won­der­ful. It’s a beau­ti­ful church, built at the very end of the 19th cen­tury, and it’s where I wor­ship on Sun­days. In­side, it’s plain and sim­ply adorned with the Lord’s Prayer in Ara­bic around the nave. Thus, a paint­ing by one of the great­est Masters, in ex­tra­or­di­nary shades of blue, with the sub­ject and city that I love— plus a few palm trees thrown in— make it an ab­so­lute favourite’

Land­scape Viewed From a Win­dow, 1913 (oil on can­vas), by Henri Matisse (1869– 1954), 45¼in by 31½in, Pushkin Mu­seum, Moscow, Rus­sia

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