He says he’s in there painting still lives, what’s a girl to say?
1994, 4 Minutes
In 1993 I went with a friend to the ginormous Matisse exhibit at MOMA in New York. At first there were all these portraits of Matisse’s wife : Amélie in a Kimono, Amélie in the quay, Amélie in a hat.
Then there was a tiny little sign “Matisse moved to the south of France by himself”
I remember saying to my friend, What happened to his wife?
That was how my film Mrs Matisse began. At the time there was no biographical information available about Amélie- so I made up based on my life and experience with divorce, Mrs. Matisse turned 50 gravity took its toll and Henri hit the road with younger models.
After the film played at the New York Film Festival I got a letter from Matisse’s great granddaughter who lived in New York, she said “you hit the nail on the head.”
Mrs. Matisse was my first animated film.