The Early Years in Nice
Matisse's introduction to Nice
It’s interesting, you know. Matisse was born in the northern part of France, very near to the Belgian border. And his early years have had much more of a northern sensibility, and he painted a lot of dark paintings. And when he married Amélie, his wife, she was from the more southern part of France and he started going to visit his in-laws. And really, I think become interested in the difference in light in different parts of the world and different parts even of his own country. When he got to Nice, I think he really opened up to this new life of beautiful color, beautiful light, beautiful food, beautiful people, it just was a more relaxing and very productive place for him to be. There was much less stress and I think his years in Paris and his success is about making great pictures.
And I think when you got to Nice, it’s sort of like, he took a huge breath and calmed and everything was very, was much easier for him. And he was able to produce great pictures and have a relaxing and comfortable life there. And so maybe the early years in Nice I guess, you could think of as being a little bit lighter, a little bit airier, as he is enjoying his new freedom or a new sense of peace. But I think as the decade goes on, he may be starting to feel like it’s time for the next phase.Back to parent stop