Gold­fish and Palette by Matisse

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An­drew Law­son is a lead­ing gar­den pho­tog­ra­pher and an artist. ‘Shared Vi­sions Shared Lives’, an ex­hi­bi­tion of his works and sculp­tures by his wife, Bri­ony Law­son, is at Gothic House, Charl­bury, Ox­ford­shire, from April 23 to May 1 ‘It amazes me that this paint­ing was made more than a cen­tury ago. It still seems com­pletely mod­ern. Matisse has pared down the el­e­ments of the com­po­si­tion to an ab­so­lute min­i­mum. The gold­fish are no more than dabs of pink and red. He has added an or­ange fruit to com­ple­ment the back­ground blue colour. The shadow be­tween the win­dows has be­come a ver­ti­cal stripe of black. Most sur­pris­ingly, Matisse has in­cluded the artist— him­self—in the sim­pli­fied shapes at the bot­tom right of the can­vas. You can just make out his thumb that grips the white rec­tan­gle palette’ of the Gold­fish and Palette, 1914, by Henri Matisse (1869–1954), 57¾in by 44¼in, The Mu­seum of Mod­ern Art, New York, USA

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