This image is being circulated on social media as the artist Henri Matisse in bed with the flu. That may have been a bending of the truth to reflect the current Covid-19 Crisis, as Matisse who lived from 1869 to 1954 had an operation for  stomach cancer later in life that left him confined to bed or a chair. No longer able to stand to paint, he started to draw murals on his walls from his bed, and used that concept to have assistants make cut-outs that had a “distinct and dimensional complexity”.

With the colour, shape and form, those images are instantly recognizable as Matisse’s work today. There’s another message too~in the face of adversity and not being able to do the painting work that had been his passion, Matisse adapted to what he could do and created a new art form.

As Matisse said “There are always flowers for those who want to see them”.


Henri Matisse: The Sheaf.


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