On this very cold January day, Bill Barrell reminisces a bit about a memory of a warm and lovely night on the Mediterraean and how this painting ‘Asleep in Matisse’s Studio” came to be.
– This painting came about after I had taken a trip to Italy to visit friends in a town near Lucca. While on the drive along the Mediterranean coast from Marseilles to Italy, my wife and I happened to stop for the night in the small, charming town of Bordighera. The hotel was large and very palatial looking and we were given a spacious, palatial looking room with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. A full moon shone that night and the breeze from the sea blew the curtains into the room while the royal palms swayed outside. I thought about how Matisse had spent his winters in just such a place where he would paint and I felt as if I was in one of those paintings. It was a great feeling.