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 150 YEARS OF THE BIRTH OF HENRI MATISSE (1869-1954)
  Issue : November 07 of 2019
  Printing : Sérigraphie
  Imprimerie : Phil@poste
  Production : FARE RATA 2019
 
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It was in March 1930 that Henri Matisse, a recognized painter and forerunner of the Fauvism movement, arrived in Tahiti. At the age of 61, Henri Matisse spent only three months in Polynesia.

As soon as he arrived he was caught in a whirlwind of colors and shapes which he would express in a new facet of his painting. He wrote to his wife the next day, «It’s impossible to describe everything I’ve felt since I arrived».

He will be greatly impregnated by the lush vegetation of our islands that he photographs and draws tirelessly. He notes «double and single hibiscus flowers, extraordinary ferns, magnificent trees...»

He spent some time in the capital at the Stuart Hotel, which faces the port of Papeete, before going to Tahiti peninsula in Tautira and then to the Tuamotu archipelago, on the atolls of Fakarava and Apataki.

Back in France, this visual shock manifested itself in his works fifteen years later. He produces paintings with cut gouaches as well as tapestries and stained glass whose motifs recall the Polynesian “tifaifai” mixing the abstract forms of the marine world that Matisse observed in the lagoons of the Pacific Islands but also in an infinitely blue sky.

Thus are created the artworks «Polynésie le ciel», «Polynésie la mer» executed in 1947 at the Manufacture Nationale de Beauvais and which were exhibited in 1949 in Paris, at the Musée national d'art moderne.

In his words, the painter expresses: «I have reached a decanted form until the essential».

It is an honor for the Post office, Fare Rata, in collaboration with the heirs of Henri Matisse, to be able to present you on the occasion of the autumn exhibition 2019, these artworks of an artist who has understood all the beauty and originality of our
islands.



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