n°206/ Henri Matisse

February 2017

by Nathalie Azoulai

The exhibition about Matisse that is going on till March 6 in Lyon  France, under the name of The Internal Laboratory, could be renamed after a few charcoal and ink works by the master of color, Black Matisse. Amazing works he created in 1940s as if to focus on a new challenge, let grey and black be very dense and deep colors. And indeed they are, from this gorgeous branch of magnolia to this striking ink called Dahlias and Pomegranates which you can positively and precisely tell through blacks stains. Unexpectedly. As if black has become see-through, as if darkness has become light.

 Henri Matisse