Friday, May 28, 2010

Henri Matisse and the Chapelle du Rosaire, Vence

Some time ago I did a number of posts on Matisse`s last great commission: the Chapelle du Rosaire at Vence.

The posts The Chapelle du Saint-Marie du Rosaire and others on the same subject for some reason get at least one or two lengthy visits per day.

Some people do not like "the modern style". But it is one of the great churches.

I recently came across a clip of the conclusion of the BBC Modern Masters episode of Henri Matisse which included a visit to the Chapelle du Rosaire which some interesting footage of the construction of the chapel.

Here it is. Ignore the rather OTT commentary. Turn the sound down down especially at the end and let the church speak for itself. The chapel was meant to be a place of silence, prayer and devotion to God which the presenter seems to have forgotten.