August 25, 2011

COFFEE with BONNARD, VUILLARD, and MATISSE

MoMA, Café 2 blackboard, 2010






















SPEAKING OF CAPTURING 'THE MOMENT' (see: Cafés: coffee cups... August 1st entry) Bonnard to me is 'the' master at picturing a mood in the simplest of settings. He and Vuillard are often termed Intimists—in Bonnard's words, the term refers to artists who share "a taste for everyday spectacles, the faculty for drawing emotion from the most modest acts of life."

Pierre Bonnard, Le Café, 1915

Edouard Vuillard, Seated Woman: cup of coffee, 1893

Matisse may not fit the Intimist description, but his ability to concentrate sensuality, pleasure and emotion
in the familiar—in objects, and place—is surely as poignant.


Henri Matisse, Lorette`a la tasse de café, 1916-1917


 AND THEN THERE IS MORANDI... 
 “I believe that nothing can be more abstract, more unreal, than what we actually see. ...Matter exists, of course, but has no intrinsic meaning of its own, such as the meaning we attach to it.  Only we can know that a cup is a cup, that a tree is a tree. ...I have never intended to give the objects in my still life arrangements any particular meanings.” —Giorgio Morandi

Giorgio Morandi, Natura Morta, 1960


                                  One of mine
Cup, graphite on newsprint, n/d