Matisse, The Pont Saint-Michel
Post #925 • December 21, 2006, 5:12 PM • 16 Comments
From The Romance of Modernism:
Matisse enjoyed a well-rounded education under Bouguereau, Gustave Moreau, and informally, senior Impressionists like Pissaro. Even in Urban Impressionist mode, this work evidences several distinctly Matissean traits that hint at later triumphs. His economizing eye is already grouping forms into spare units, such as this bank of autumnal foliage.
Matisse built certain later works almost entirely out of scraped areas, and here he's taking some initial stabs at it. Something about this looks analoguous to the lovely raw areas of canvas in Cézanne.
He's also beginning to build areas out of textile-like patterning rather than modelling.
And yet he could model like a champion when he wanted to.