During our recent visit to the Coté de Azur, I had opportunity to visit Paul de Vence, a romantic small artist town. In the Maeght Foundation Museum that houses brilliant works, the mask like portraits done by the Spanish artist Julio González caught my eye. They have such power in expression and such appeal: they appeal to the universal. I wondered how a very reduced work would look and captured my husband in a few lines. My tribute to Julio González.
Matisse, who also lived in the French Riviera, was another prolific creator. He is known today for his paper cut outs which he created after being diagnosed with cancer and during his last creative phase in his life. In this time he also created stained glass panels for a monastery church and what sort of goes unnoticed today are his early works: sketches, line drawings, sculptures, still life, city scapes which capture the joie de vivre. This is a sketch I made of a section of his original work on Achilles wearing his sandals. Loved doing the sketch ;)
A prolific creator!
I had the opportunity to view hundreds of his works in Antibes, where we spent two weeks (I would have gladly stayed longer). This place is absolutely buzzing with creativity, with the likes of Chagall, Matisse and Picasso having made this area of coastal France their home. I sketched this view of the Chateau which now houses the Picasso Museum in Antibes. Picasso had his atelier here and had the most magnificent of views of the Mediterranean Sea from his work place.
Today I have to remind myself of a biblical verse that has accompanied me since my childhood: "Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear none evil. For thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me". This week I lost someone who walked with me through the first years of getting to know myself. She fought a brave fight and yet, had to go.
Though sad at this loss, I know that all of us are beings of light; that the shadows will disappear once we realise that. Rest in peace Babe, let your Light shine. For you the shadows are gone now.
I am an abstract artist living and working in Berlin.