Matisse: The Only Blue

By Laura Marello

Matisse: The Only Blue
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Matisse: The Only Blue interweaves scenes from the second half of artist Henri Matisse's life in the south of France (1907-1954), with reflections on his artwork. The work explores: artistic creation and community, love and betrayal, landscape, home and exile, family, and war. ... Read more


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Matisse: The Only Blue interweaves scenes from the second half of artist Henri Matisse's life in the south of France (1907-1954), with reflections on his artwork. The work explores: artistic creation and community, love and betrayal, landscape, home and exile, family, and war. It portrays an eclectic mix of artists, dancers, models, gallery owners, art patrons, friends and family members, struggling through the upheavals of the first half of Twentieth Century, culminating in the devastating realities of two world wars and the economic collapse wedged in between.

Laura Marello

Laura Marello is author of novels – finalist for the Paterson Prize in Fiction – The Tenants of the Hotel Biron, Maniac Drifter, and Gauguin’s Moon; as well as story collection The Gender of Inanimate Objects – shortlisted for the Saroyan Prize in Literature – and poetry chapbook Balzac’s Robe. She has been a Stegner Fellow, Fine Arts Work Center Fellow and recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Grant. She studied poetry with Ray Carver, and Black Mountain poet Edward Dorn, and fiction with Gil Sorrentino and Padma Hejmadi. She is currently working on a novel about San Francisco architect Julia Morgan.

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