The ancient instinct to collect
becomes a working library.
a laboratory of visual alchemy,
an artist’s palette of reality,
at its centre a Venetian baroque chair.
Its silver gilt, green sea-monsters
and curved seahorses
become the source of coloured
crayon outlines and details
in layered oils:
the portrait of a woman,
curvaceous, adored, wooed with flowers
placed on a seat shaped like a shell,
of a fauteuil rocaille.
Kim M. Russell, 2017
Henri Matisse (1869-1954) Fauteuil rocaille, ou fauteuil vénitien, portrait d’un fauteuil, 1946 oil on canvas – image found on Pinterest
My found poem was inspired by an article from The Times about a new Royal Academy exhibition, in response to Imaginary Garden with Real Toads Tuesday Platform.
Today Marian welcomes us to the Tuesday Platform, our unprompted free-range day for sharing poems in the Imaginary Garden.