Issue 13

As I sit here in the gallery writing this May newsletter, my door is wide open, the sun is shining, I can hear the background noise of the village going about its daily life and know that life is good… …especially when one is surrounded by beautiful things. Our post-Easter feast of goodies will be suitably light, in deference to the fact that many of us over-indulged over the recent holiday and because we are very excited by our new show!

Matisse comes to Sylvester Fine Art

Hopefully some of you will have managed to visit Tate Modern and view the extraordinary Matisse Cut-Outs that he created towards the end of his life because we are delighted to be bringing 36 of the 39 original lithographs that were published after those very same ‘paintings with scissors’.

In addition to the Last Works we will include lithographs from the famous Jazz suite (also to be seen at The Tate) and some of the beautiful lithographs from his suite entitled Florilége des Amours Ronsard (some of which we have had here at the gallery in the past). This latter suite sits in stark contrast to the vibrant colours and shapes of the Last Works and Jazz and marked a phase, late in Matisse’s life, when he made line drawings of inspired simplicity: “what I dream of is an art of balance, of purity, serenity devoid of troubling or disturbing subject matter….”.

Prices start from as little as £350 and go up to £4,500, with the majority of pieces staying below £1,000.

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Henri Matisse, L’Escargot. £750
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Henri Matisse, Souvenir-d’Oceanie. £400
Henri Matisse, Nu-Bleu III. £750
Henri Matisse, Nu-Bleu III. £750
Henri Matisse, Nu-Bleu VIII. £500
Henri Matisse, Nu-Bleu VIII. £500

Potting mad!

Nic Collins recently held a hugely successful solo show at our associate gallery and we, of course, also benefit from this huge influx of new pieces. We have more than 40 new pots in by this accomplished and dedicated potter. For those not familiar with his work, Collins is a wood-firer and uses an anagama style kiln which enables him to achieve lovely smokey, ash effects on his pots. There is an earthy integrity to his pots with his shapes often loosely thrown. Prices for this new work start from £65.

 Slab bottle; shino & natural ash glaze £450

Slab bottle; shino & natural ash glaze £450
Bottle; natural ash glaze £150
Bottle; natural ash glaze £150

Dates for your diary:

7 – 25 May – Matisse – a bonanza of wonderful, late lithographs
25 June – Rembrandt etchings
August – Graham Sutherland

As always, you are welcome to come in and browse through our stock and talk about anything that you are specifically looking for……we are here to help.