Henri Matisse 1869-1954 BACK

Gate to the Kasbah
oil on canvas, 116x80cm
The Hermitage

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Matisse discovered Giotto on a trip to Italy in the summer of 1907. There he discovered the greatest model of all. The borrowed and altered pictorial device - an imaginary shelf on the bottom edge of the composition - was but a symptom of a much greater emulation. "Giotto is the peak of my aspiration,' he wrote to Bonnard as late as 1946. "But the journey toward something which, in our time, would constitute the equivalent is too long for one life."

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