Monday, February 2, 2015

Coo --- Day 4/6

Walk: UC Berkeley (Charles Edel talk re: his new book on John Quincy Adams), Trader Joe's
Distance: 1 mile and home yoga

In later life, Matisse never lost his feeling for the native soil of his Northern French town of Bohain with its farmers and weavers. His work is replete with nature and animal life and the gardens near all his homes which he adored.  Even the fancy pigeons he kept in Nice (his final home) recalled the weavers' pigeon lofts lucked away behind even the humblest house in Bohain.

His passion for birds (especially doves) surfaced dramatically more than a half century after he had left Bohain during the summer of 1936 in Paris.  Strolling along the banks of the Seine, his attention was drawn to merchants selling a variety of caged song birds and doves.  And he began returning from Paris trips with five or six birds at a time.  He loved their shapes and colors, their plumage and singing. This was to last the rest of his life.

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