Me and Matisse

18th May 2014



As an art student images of Henri Matisse’s collages covered my walls, I loved their simplicity and colour, and I was especially drawn to artists who used a lot of blue in their work. So when I heard about the Matisse exhibition at the Tate Modern, featuring just his collages, I couldn’t wait to get to London!

The exhibition was beautifully curated, and it far exceeded my expectations. There were over 120 collages on display, many exhibited together for the first time. The gallery was busy, and it was fun to share the space with so many adoring Matisse fans. To me listening to people discuss art is as addictive as people watching, I recall two children assertively telling their Mum The Dance was very rude!

As I drifted around the 14 rooms I jotted down the words that came to mind, and then my man and I wandered around London in search of some Matisse colour.

Colourful. Comforting. Cheerful. Emotional. Movement. Motif. Modest.  Minimal . Happy. Light. Floaty. Organic. Coral. Abstract. Outdoors. Garden. Alive. Accessible. Space. Design. Pattern. Print. Bold. Childlike. Scissors. Shapes. Innocent. Layering. Endearing. Delicate. Restful. Airy. Precision. Peaceful. Time. Lost. Tearful. Smiles.

The show runs until 7 September 2014, and I would definitely recommend a visit. Thank you to the Tate Gallery for my ticket.


Coat – Hobbs | Jumper and Boots – c/o Boden | Skirt – Toast
Bag – Vintage | Sunglasses – Prada

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  • Reply Victoria Eales 18th May 2014 at 5:54 pm

    I'm slightly ashamed to admit I've not visited one art gallery or exhibition in London!


    • Reply Candy Pop 18th May 2014 at 6:24 pm

      Don't be ashamed, there's more than enough art and culture in Chanel, Bond Street!

  • Reply 19th May 2014 at 7:31 am

    I wish I could go…Lovely pictures!

  • Reply KatGotTheCream 19th May 2014 at 3:10 pm

    I just love all the colour, both in Matisse's and your work. Lovely outfit too m'dear!

  • Reply Mrs. Wyman 19th May 2014 at 9:21 pm

    Sounds fabulous. My students fell in love with Matisse when I shared "Henri's Scissors" with them. They were inspired to create many collages of their own.

    • Reply Candy Pop 20th May 2014 at 9:18 am

      How lovely, I bet they really enjoyed it.

  • Reply claire 19th May 2014 at 9:53 pm

    Such beautiful colours – you really have a fantastic eye when it comes to taking photos!
    Claire xx | somewhere… beyond the sea

  • Reply Katie 20th May 2014 at 9:28 pm

    Beautiful! That exhibition has been on my wish list, as well as the Cezanne at the Ashmolean. But what I would really like is to take my art club to them both and share the experience. It's not a feasible plan, but it's nice to dream all the same. I love the shots you took. The art against the white makes them all the more powerful. I spy and love the luxurious peonies!

  • Reply Vintage Sheet Addict 21st May 2014 at 5:52 pm

    Oh if only I could get to London, little Bea would love these…..fab images of London too, all those pastels, yummy! 🙂 x

  • Reply CraveCute 21st May 2014 at 7:28 pm

    You look so pretty and happy in that photo! Glad you have been having a wonderful time… your posts and tweets have been fun! Stunning photos, love them all!

  • Reply found and sewn 22nd May 2014 at 12:47 pm

    I can't wait to see this exhibition, hopefully soon! xx

  • Reply Candy Pop 22nd May 2014 at 1:20 pm

    Thank you all for your kind comments!

  • Reply Zoë Power 22nd May 2014 at 7:01 pm

    Delicious colours – that aqua especially! I'm in need of a bit of colour at the moment – I'm painting walls white in my sleep!

  • Reply Mundo 29th May 2014 at 12:42 pm

    I love your Outfit 🙂 And the Pictures are amazing !

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