'Black' Pool–The Bath Priory Hotel


Pastel on paper

In the gardens of the Bath Priory Hotel there is a formal pond enclosed in a walled terrace. The first time I saw it–its deep black reflecting sky and tulips–I thought about painting. I began to think of Matisse, and spaces both interior and exterior. I began to think of colour and the picture plane…I got excited and then a little overwhelmed.


Matisse: Goldfish and Palette

Date:
Paris, quai Saint-Michel, fall 1914
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
57 3/4 x 44 1/4" (146.5 x 112.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift and bequest of Florene M. Schoenborn and Samuel A. Marx
MoMA Number:
507.1964
Copyright:
© 2014 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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