Playing with Paint: 'Pink Onions'

Perry, Gill (2005). Playing with Paint: 'Pink Onions'. In: Bjerkhof, Sven ed. Matisse masterpieces at the Statens Museum for Kunst. Copenhagen, Denmark: Statens Museum for Kunst, pp. 88–106.


This essay is one of six chapters, each written on individual works by Matisse in the Statens Collection.Perry's essay explores the relationship between between Matisse's technique, gender and the role of ;play' in his so called 'avant-garde practice. It argues that this still-life composition reveals Matisse as an aesthetic strategist, deploying complex formal devices and playful strategies, arguing that these were 'risky gambits' which helped to guarantee the artist's status as controbersial and 'avant-garde'. It also explores contemporary conventions for staging the still-life genre, and some of its gendered associations.

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