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Matisse Sister Wendy

Sister Wendy’s writings on Matisse

I have long loved the color and passion found in the art of Henri Matisse. In Sister Wendy’s Story of Painting, she writes that Matisse “produced some of the most powerful beauty ever painted.” Sister Wendy explains that this 20th century master found serenity in his art.

“He spoke of his art as being like ‘a good armchair’ – a ludicrously inept comparison for such a brilliant man – but his art was a respite, a reprieve, a comfort to him.”

Sister Wendy became an unlikely celebrity in the 1990’s when she produced a series of art histories for public television. If you didn’t catch her, she is quite knowledgeable and funny. Enthusiasm for art shines through in this Carmelite nun’s writing. I’m happy to sit in my armchair looking at the brilliance of Matisse.