Finally, I have finished the new Frida and she will be leaving here to begin her journey to California today. Intuitively, I used a piece of an old green tape measure for the nose as it fitted tonally, and connected the face with the background.
Recently I was watching a fascinating BBC documentary about Matisse, made by his great-granddaughter, Sophie Matisse.
In 1905 Matisse exhibited a portrait of his wife (Woman in a Hat) in Le Salon D’Automne. His radical use of bright unnatural colours caused outrage and hilarity among public and critics alike, leading them to label Matisse and others who were expressing themselves differently, as Les Fauves (the Wild Beasts.)
Matisse was defiant. The same year he produced another portrait of Amelie (Mdm Matisse with Green Stripe) and in 1906, Self Portrait in a Striped T-shirt:
Please understand that I’m not in any way trying to compare myself with Matisse (!) – merely musing on the idea that using green for skin tones caused outrage 100 years ago and now would not merit a second glance or a raised eyebrow!