Painter Gino Severini reported that “Matisse said . . . that everything that did not contribute to the balance and rhythm of [this] work, had to be eliminated . . . as you would prune a tree.”

Matisse: Radical Invention, 1913-1917
Art Institute of Chicago
July 18–October 11, 2010
— Museum of Modern Art, New York

A4 collage material on music paper:
CARD STOCK originates from the following art institutions: Tate Modern, Haus der Kunst, Extra City, Wiels, Mudam Luxembourg, M Leuven, Grazer Kunstverein, Frac Île-de-France, Frac Lorraine, Secession, Villa Arson, HEAD – Genève, Le Consortium, JEUNESSE ET ARTS PLASTIQUES, Ecole municipale des beaux-arts / galerie Edouard-Manet, ARGOS, Le CRAC Alsace, Musée Matisse, site de tours / esbaTALM, THE CENTRE INTERNATIONAL D’ART ET DU PAYSAGE, and others.
COLOR CHIPS originate from Brico, Lowe’s and Home Depot

 

This video work was part of the exhibition, LISA BLAS As if pruning a tree, after Matisse, at the Musée Matisse, Cateau-Cambrésis, France, 2011. A meditation on World War I and its representations. Filmed in northern France, the cities of Tourcoing, Lille, Neuvilly, Pommereuil, and Ors. Wilfred Owen, the British poet and soldier, died in combat one week before the Armistice on the Sambre-Oise canal, where an annual British/French commemoration takes place in remembrance of his death at the Commonwealth Cemetery in Ors. This project was commissioned in conjunction with an artist residency in Ors via ArtConnexion, Lille, France. © LISA BLAS 2011