Henri Matisse (1869–1954)

The Swimming Pool

Late summer 1953
Gouache on paper, cut and pasted, on painted paper
185.4 x 1643.3 cm
(c) 2014 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

From the MOMA Collection:
Commenting on The Swimming Pool, his largest cutout, Matisse said, "I have always adored the sea, and now that I can no longer go for a swim, I have surrounded myself with it." Indeed, this nearly fifty-four-foot-long frieze of blue bathers silhouetted against a white rectangular band was designed to adorn the walls of Matisse's dining room at the Hôtel Régina in Nice. At the time of its creation, the artist was restricted to his bed or to a wheelchair, and he conjured this lyrical depiction of the natural world for his personal enjoyment.

(Thank you Kitty Bons Bons)


from the book Materie. Parool/Life, by Lapp R.E., 1965



500 photographs and microphotographs in black&white
by Nardi Raymond, Sedes, 1966


'An eliptic bed for a single lady'

The Philosophy of the Bed, by Mary Eden & Richard Carrington, Hutchinson of London, 1961



from the adorable small booklet 'Corn in your garden' ('Maïs in uw moestuin')


Man with

 Blue Man with Hat atop Construction, 1939- 1942
Red Man, c. 1939-41
Man with Yoke

William "Bill" Traylor (1854–1949) was an African-American self-taught artist. Traylor spent the majority of his life working as a slave. From 1939 to 1942, while working on the sidewalks of Montgomery, he produced nearly 1,500 pieces of art.
Scans from the book 'Groundwaters, a century of art by self-taught and outsider artists', Charles Russell, 2011.

danger from the right - left - right

Spain, 1978
Spoonbills in Florida, 1954
White Sands National Monument, New Mexico, 1957

Source: the good old National Geographic



Thomas Ruff, from the photo series Sterne ('Stars')

Seen in the exhibition Lichten by Thomas Ruff at SMAK, Ghent (17.05... 24.08.2014)
Sterne in the shape of a book here: Morel Books


souvenir du Musée Magritte

Studio Dongo and dog Loulou

Last week I visited the amazing René Magritte Museum in Jette, Brussels. It occupies the house in which the Belgian surrealist painter worked nearly 24 years of his life. Next to his apartment, studio Dongo in the backyard and an biographical section, there was the temporary exhibition 'The Lost Magritte'. It presents reconstructions of 26 disappeared or destroyed works of the artist. Most of them are remembered only by a plain black and white photograph - but for this occasion they were brought back to life, in their original format.

After René Magritte (2009): The Old Gunner, 1947, oil on canvas