Sophie Matisse is an international contemporary artist. She initially gained notoriety for her series, Be back in 5 Minutes, in which she recreated famous old master paintings while erasing the figures.
and inventor. Sarah, Sophie’s mother, is a retired Chef for a private banking firm in Boston.
artist, Alain Jacquet, whom she married in 1992. One year later, their daughter, Gaia, was born in Paris.
both Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse.
wide spread exposure as an artist in her own right, and would inform her work for years thereafter. In 2003, she added Pablo Picasso’s Guernica to the number of paintings she reinterpreted. This time, however, no figures were removed as brilliant colors replaced the original black and white newspaper tones. Responding directly to the tragedies of the World Trade Center attacks in 2001, Sophie felt the need to reiterate the message of Picasso’s monochromatic Guernica, but by using a more contemporary language of television inspired colors. Her close to life-size version yielded many smaller studies in gouache, which culminated in her, “Sophie Matisse Does Guernica” exhibition at the New York based Francis Naumann Gallery in 2003. The exhibition dates coincided with the Museum of Modern Art’s duel survey exhibiting the works of
Deitch Projects at the Soho gallery space at the time of the publication.
case. Each of the limited editions bore a unique design.
unrelated imagery. Sophie continued to explore and develop her unique perspective with her next series, Ribbons in 2008. In this series, she divides the surface into brightly colored interlocking shapes and introduces enlarged details from her smaller gouache paintings done years earlier. Only a sparse floating ribbon makes reference to the recognizable paintings of the past.
Each hand painted by participating artists. Sophie painted four donated pianos. Her work was later displayed in the lobby of Avery Fisher Hall and Lincoln Center promenade before being donated to a small music school in Afghanistan and to the New York Presbyterian Hospital’s Pediatric Department.
language, Matisse expands the realm of seeing to include reading. Either for the meaning of the words or simply for the visual impact of the letterforms. This flickering between seeing and reading reverberates throughout this series only to continue more so in her following work.