Henri Matisse Vase of Flower 1924 Photo nbspcourtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston

Henri Matisse, Vase of Flower, 1924. Photo:  courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

In her book Matisse Stories, A. S. Byatt uses paintings by Henri Matisse as stimulus for the volume’s tales. In one, an uppity painter on the verge of career failure lectures the cleaning lady about why she must not move objects in his studio. He has arranged them just so, he tells her, in order to see the cobalt blue candlestick against the buttercup yellow sauceboat. Read more

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