La Gerbe

This unique work is made from ceramic embedded in plaster, giving the composition a unique shine and texture. The forms are abstract interpretations of leaves, very reminiscent of plant-forms used throughout Matisse’s later career. The boldness of color and expansive composition give this work a lightness and almost joyful quality.

Original Medium: Ceramic tile embedded in plaster

Original Size: 108 x 156 in.

Date: 1953

Location: Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Matisse in the News

New York Times Article - ‘Graphic Passion: Matisse & the Book Arts’ at the Morgan Library

In Paris during 1946, Henri Matisse made a series of portrait drawings of a notoriously splenetic theater critic named Paul Léautaud. One of the images was to be made into a lithograph for the frontispiece in a book of Léautaud’s writings.... READ THE NY TIMES ARTICLE

Matisse Junkies, Rejoice! A Survey of Grand Works and Studio Relics Captivates in Boston

It’s a great time to be a Matisse junkie. All sorts of exhibitions devoted to the beloved French modernist are being mounted these days. During the past few months along the Eastern seaboard alone, many of the artist’s masterpieces were on view in ... READ THE ARTNEWS ARTICLE 

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