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Lorette with a Cup of Coffee - Matisse, Fine Art
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Lorette with a Cup of Coffee - Matisse

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Without ever having stopped painting figures - or portraits - Matisse had only occasionally used professional models since the 1910s. With Lorette, a model introduced to him at the end of November 1916 by his friend Georgette Agutte-Sembat, an intensive work practice was established, foreshadowing the importance that daily sessions with a privileged model would henceforth take on in his work, followed for several painting seasons.

Most of the paintings after Lorette are painted in pairs, a dense, compressed and harder version, and another fluid, brighter version of the same motif. One of the most obvious examples is Lorette on a Black Background, Green Dress, painted in late 1916-early 1917 (New York, Metropolitan) and its sister painting Seated Lorette, Pink Shepherdess, done a few months later.

Other smaller canvases are to be associated with the series, very free studies of the face in close-up, sometimes adjoining the Moorish pedestal table and the coffee cup that wedge the corner of the Mnam canvas, like the inlay of a memory of Morocco. We know that Lorette, often dressed by Matisse in a Moroccan gandoura or other embroidered jackets, with her long, untied black hair, was a first incarnation of the odalisque theme long before he moved to Nice. But in Lorette with a Cup of Coffee, as in most of the paintings for which she posed, references to Manet resound above all, with the same note of sensuality and the same direct, spontaneous approach to the model's femininity.
About Henri Matisse
The great 20th century artist Henri Matisse with Picasso. His revolutionary use of colour changed painting and led to one of the first avant-garde movements, Fauvism, of which it became a personal and unclassifiable art.

His childhood was not very inspiring: "In my village, if there was a tree on the path, it was uprooted because it gave shade to four beet plants". His father even beat him several times when he caught him drawing "nonsense".

So the young Matisse went to Paris and obtained a law degree, then worked briefly as a lawyer, but in 1889 he had the "fever" of artistic studies. "You are going to die of hunger, you hear me, Henri? ? It's a hobo race...". !", shouted his father.
The man had no idea that his son would be one of the richest and most appreciated artists in France.

Once infected with art, Matisse trained with painters such as Bouguereau and Moreau, but when he met young people who painted without following any rules (Derain, Vlaminck...), he entered a new and unknown pictorial language, based on the free use of colour, expressive vigour and the refusal to be a mere imitation of nature.
They exhibited together at the now mythical Salon d'Automne in 1905, where the critic Louis Vauxcelles called them fauves, a name they proudly adopted. Matisse seemed to confront all the paternal figures that stood in his way.

These contrasting colours, as well as the influence of African sculpture and other primitive cultures, would be the common denominator of this period for the painter, but towards the 1920s, the artist became a little more serene and began to tend towards sensuality, ornamentation and tradition. This is what happens with age...

With success, Matisse sold paintings like hotcakes, just like his colleague/rival Picasso. And like this one, he had one weakness above all others: women.
In poor health, he was always in bed or in a wheelchair. In fact, he had the bed put in the middle of his studio, which was full of young women, models and caretakers running around. His wife Amélie couldn't do much.
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