I fell in love with Matisse many years ago because of his innovative colors and compositions. Since then, I’ve been fortunate to see most of his work that’s collected in museums around the world, including the amazing Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Awhile back, when my husband and I visited the Cone Collection at the Baltimore Museum of Art, I found a wonderful book, Matisse in the Cone Collection: The Poetics of Vision. It inspired me to write several ekphrastic poems based on some of the images there. (For those who aren’t familiar with the term “ekphrastic,” it simply means poems that are based on art works.)
It’s difficult to find publishing venues for such work because color images in print can be very costly. So I was delighted when I found an online venue, The Ekphrastic Review. The images are now in public domain, so they have been able to show four of them in all their splendor along with my accompanying poems. I hope you’ll take a look!