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The Color of Light
January 11 @ 8:00 pm - February 3 @ 10:00 pm UTC+0
The Color of Light by Jesse Kornbluth
….is the true story of Henri Matisse’s creation of the chapel at Vence. Matisse was the best-loved artist of the 20th century, but the inspiration behind what he called his greatest achievement is practically unknown.
In 1942, 73-year-old Henri Matisse was living in Nice, recovering from a serious operation. He needed help, so he hired Monique Bourgeois, a 21-year-old nursing student. While she looked after him, they debated religion, art and the meaning of commitment — and he came to love her.
Five years later, they were both living in Vence. Now she was Sister Jacques-Marie, living in a convent where the chapel was a garage with a leaky roof. Would Matisse design a stained-glass window so the convent could raise money for repairs? Instead, he created a new chapel, the Chapelle du Rosaire, for her; the building stands as a testament to the enduring care she gave him.
“This is not a work that I chose, but rather a work for which I was chosen by fate, he said. “It is the masterpiece of my entire career.”
Jesse Kornbluth is a well-known journalist (Vanity Fair, New York), Internet executive (editorial director of America Online), and author of 8 non-fiction books. He is also a novelist (“Married Sex,”slated to be filmed later next year) and a cultural concierge (HeadButler.com). “I had read a lot about Matisse and visited the chapel,” Kornbluth says. “I knew he was an atheist. I became curious about the catalyst for his final work. But it wasn’t until I happened upon Jacques-Marie’s obituary that I connected the nun and the non-believer. And then, like Matisse, I felt somehow chosen. I had to bring their story to the stage.”
The Color of Light by Jessie Kornbluth is a visually exciting theatre piece is about the power of Art, Spirit and Love. Matisse was the best-loved artist of the 20th century, but this true story — an atheist’s spiritual romance with a young nun — is practically unknown culminating in the creation of his final masterpiece The Chapel at Vence.
Opens Jan 11 -Feb 3rd Thurs, Fri ,Sat 8pm Sun 4pm