MAR. 15 - Jul. 12, 2015
Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo were an explosive couple. He carried a pistol. She carried a flask. He romanticized Detroit. She rejected it. But what they shared was a belief in communism, a thirst for tequila and a passion for each other. Discover how they left their mark on Detroit.
The Window, 1916
“I experience it as a magical refuge, like an unconscious serenity dream that Matisse was able to make conscious. His expressive use of green invokes such a natural state of calm, freshness, peace and renewal. I can imagine sitting in that comfortable armchair, enjoying the flowers on the round table and the view outside (my inner world and outer world in harmony). And yet, like in a dream, the colors from the walls continue to the floor, lines mix with curves, and the table top slants in a way that would topple most flowers in waking life. Whether or not it was Matisse’s intent, I think this piece shows that he was a master of connecting to his own subconscious mind, perhaps even a person who wished for less anxiety in his own life! Either way, “The Window” transports me to that tranquil state where all things are beautiful and possible.”
Janice Baker, LMSW Gallery Services Volunteer
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