Godon in the foot­steps of Matisse

  • Dated: Octo­ber 2017
  • Media: La Gazette

Godon in the foot­steps of Matisse

The team at the Matisse Depart­men­tal Museum in Le Cateau-​Cambrésis doesn’t hide behind the only work of the town’s native painter, who is this establishment’s sole rea­son for its exis­tence. Tem­po­rary exhi­bi­tions allow works by other artists to be shown there, thus “offer­ing a strik­ing and con­trast­ing fresh per­spec­tive on the works of Matisse”.
Now it’s Alain Godon’s turn. An unhappy event in his life led Godon to the Pas-​de-​Calais where he was raised by his archi­tect uncle who injected in him a taste for draw­ing. At the age of twenty, he was to do his first paint­ings on the rue de Riv­oli in Paris and were his ori­gins as a pro­po­nent of “Street Art”. Alain Godon then moved towards paint­ing archi­tec­tural cityscapes.
It was Matisse’s jour­ney, under­taken in 1930 that 87 years later was to be the pre­text for this game of mir­rors between the two artists. “Alain Godon pro­duces paint­ings that may appear sim­ple but are in fact more com­plex in their con­struc­tion.” They dis­close “a very indi­vid­ual uni­verse har­bour­ing a nar­ra­tive of the quo­tid­ian and reveal­ing a sin­gu­lar imag­i­na­tion, shared with Matisse, born of the desire to bring joy and hap­pi­ness”.

Hervé MORCRETTE

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