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Image above: Vik Muniz
A Bar at the Folies-Bergère after Édouard Manet, from the Pictures of Magazines 2 series, 2012.
Out of the refuse of modern life—torn scraps of outdated magazines, destined for obscurity—Muniz has assembled an ode to one of the first paintings of modern life. Édouard Manet’s A Bar at the Folies-Bergère, painted in 1882, explores the treachery of nineteenth-century Parisian nightlife through the depiction of a bartender attending to a male patron reflected in the mirror behind her. Muniz plays on Manet’s style, replacing Manet’s visible brushstrokes with the frayed edges of torn paper and lending the work immense visual interest.
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DOG STAR is the creation of a high school English teacher in New York City. This blog began in 2008 as an online community for a journalism class and has since evolved into a curated site on the creative arts, arts-related news and a guide to free and low-cost events for teens. Our mission is to offer teens real-life options for enjoying all the creative arts in New York City. May wisdom guide you and hope sustain you. The more you like art, the more art you like!
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Dog Star Selects Henri Matisse's La Gerbe
In the image above you can see Matisse's grand and very large mural on the wall of soemone's living room. This is a special ceramic commission that was requested and paid for (called a "commission") by a Los Angeles couple Mr. and Mrs. Brody in 1953.
It is the last commission completed by Matisse before he died the following year.
Here is a brief account of how Mr. and Mrs. Brody came to commission Matisse to make a ceramic mural exclusively fro their home:
In 1952 the Brodys approached Matisse, who at the time was creating colorful paper cut-outs, with the idea of the commission.
Matisse expressed interest and worked on several proposals even before knowing the exact size of the wall.
He showed the Brodys a full-scale paper cut-out when they visited him in Cimiez (Nice, France) in May of 1952. They rejected this first design (that cut-out is today in the Moderna Museet, Stockholm; a ceramic version, Apollo, is in the Toledo Museum of Art), but accepted a subsequent proposal. This is the image shown above.
The Brodys also acquired the full-scale maquette (paper model) of La Gerbe, which they subsequently donated to UCLA. The final ceramic, created in fifteen sections, was shipped to L.A. shortly after the artist died in November 1954.
Sadly, in November 2009, Frances passed away at age 93. As promised, she left the Matisse to LACMA in her will. She was a remarkable figure in Los Angeles’ history, whose grace, style, erudition, and opinions were truly legendary.
Read Mrs. Brody's account of the commission here.