Posted by Pat Weiler on January 21, 1999 at 10:00:19:
In Reply to: Re: Similarity? posted by Saul Yale Barodofsky on January 18, 1999 at 12:58:36:
: Dear all,
: Seems we have all passed on the influence of the Orientalists. They were fascinated by the East - sometimes real, sometimes imaginary. Still and all, some of them did visit the East: Matisse went to Morocco, Delacroix went North Africa, Gerome went all over Asia Minor and the Levant, and if I recall correctly Gaugin also went to Morocco.
: One of the impressions they of course brought back with them is/was the patterns and bold colors of the areas they visited. I propose that there is a visual connection between Tribal textiles and the spreading influence of the art of the Orientalist era.
: Although , I must state, I am not as sure about these Dagistani embroideries called Kaitag, as I am about carpet & kilim patterns.
: all best - saul
There is an article in Hali 101, p. 103 which states "The great painter Henri Matisse made no secret of his love for textiles, nor of his indebtedness to them as an artist. His textile collection showed a predilection for striped designs, whose simple but sophisticated aesthetic he particularly admired."
It goes on to say he did travel to Morocco.
The article did not say if he had any Kaitag embroideries in his collection, but he may have seen or had something like them.
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