There is a classic moment in daily life in Paris: the one in which you realize you still haven’t visit an exhibition that is going to close soon. This happened to me many times, and this drawing was made on a similar occasion. June 18, 2012, was the last day of the Matisse. Paires et séries exhibition. Looking at the calendar I went out of the house to check it out on the closing day at the Centre Pompidou.
Although the work displayed some masterpieces, the overall exhibition was disappointing, and not very inventive. Too bad, because the idea of showing how Matisse worked essentially in a serial manner is always stimulating. And, of course, I went there following the indications of Rudolf Arnheim’s Art and Visual Perception (1954), in which the author discusses (probably) the second version of Le Luxe (1907).
Besides all scholarly implications, my attention was caught by this late series of nudes that goes back to 1941 (Hôtel Regina, Nice), all charcoal and ink on paper. Here I tried to make my usual iconographic deduction of one of the works. Please note the left corner of my notebook, that got wet on the account of the usual rainy parisian summertime.