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MATISSE LECTURE MORNING (article first published : 2000-03-13)

Desmonde Colborne is a popular lecturer who usually draws full house audiences when he lectures at the University of Cape Town Summer School. A former journalist with the Swiss broadcasting corporation, he has written widely for a variety of publications and has recently published a book on living in South Africa. For 30 years, he was based in Paris as director of the South African Foundation.

The Decorative Arts Society Natal will present a lecture morning on March 14 from 09h00 to 12h00 conducted by Desmonde Colborne whose subject will be Matisse – Simplicity, Serenity and Clarity. The event will take place in the Green Jacket Room at the DLI Hall.

French artist Henri Matisse (1869-1954) was a faithful disciple of the Fauve principles. This was a phrase coined by a critic in 1905 as his startled response to the work of a group of young painters under the leadership of Henri Matisse. One seeing their canvases so simplified in design and so shockingly brilliant in colour, he described them as “fauves” (“wild beasts”). Matisse’s work reflects his gift for combining colours in unsuspected ways and for inventing new combinations. His art was founded upon his love of nature, of colour and of joyous subjects.

It is possible that there may still be seats available. Contact Lynn Pittaway on (031) 266-5528 or Val Blackman on (031) 767-3145.




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