Two canals, top is 9x12 oil on mdf panel, and bottom is 9x12 pastel.
I continue on my journey in the land of 'true painting'. Here's a quote from Cecile Debray from the catalog, regarding Matisse still lifes from the mid-20's: " The still lifes with bouquets of anemones from 1924-25... stem not only from Matisse's reexamination of his earlier works, such as the paintings of flowers from 1905-8, but also from Impressionism and its avatars. Accompanying these influences was the artist's synthesis of an abstract (decorative) space and a realist (illusionist) one, what Pierre Schneider has termed a 'simulated realism through abstraction.'"
The phrase 'simulated realism through abstraction' is getting awfully close to 'true painting'.