In last week’s “Thursday Is Art Day” post, I wrote:
Next Thursday I’ll share how a novel I love introduced me to another artist
whose also had the first name “Henri”.
More than forty years ago, I read Chaim Potok’s novel, “My Name Is Asher Lev”, for the first, but definitely not the last, time. As a matter of fact, I just recently reread the book.
Well into the novel, Asher’s mentor, Jacob Kahn, goes to London for a retrospective of a friend’s art.
When he returns, Asher asks if he had enjoyed the retrospective, and Jacob Kahn replies, “I did not go to enjoy it. His art is not enjoyable. He is not Matisse.”
This made me feel curious about Matisse, so I the next time I went to the library, I looked for his works in some art books.
Henri Matisse quickly became one of my favorite artists, as you may have guessed by the fact that I’m using his painting, “The Red Studio”, as the header image for this blog.
In this post, I’m sharing two related paintings.
Laurette In A Green Robe
The Painter And His Model