© Philippe Sauvie
This work was inspired by a painting by Henri Matisse entitled "The Conversation" of 1909. the painting depicted standing Matisse in a dialogue with the seated woman, probably his wife. In my work it was important for me to continue a conversation over time between Matisse and Pablo Picasso. I have acquired an existing image of Matisse at work on a charcoal drawing in his apartment that I have replaced the drawing with an image of a Picasso self-portrait from Tokyo. Many people in the art world believe this picture to be Picasso staring at death. Here I have depicted on a Matisse drawings Picasso. Somehow, this seemed poignant to me is that rivalry fueled modern Art for over half a century. Behind the standing artist I have placed an image by one of the greatest artists of our time, Mr. Brainwash. In the spirit of Woody Allen's "Zelig" movie, I have dropped the Mr. Brainwash into the image and I will let the viewer decipher why.