Used to decorate the daywear cufflinks, the speculative nature of silver means that it doesn‘t retain the same symbolic force as bronze.
In French, the verb émeriser describes the process of sanding down before polishing. This particular expression clearly warms hearts in the workshop. “The beauty of technical terms!” one might hear when passing through the studio, or even “Sorry I can’t. I’ve got my hands full, I’m emerising.”
Ah, luxury! It’s etymological origin sparks emotion: luxia, luxuria, luxus? Lumière, luxure, luxation? To avoid confusion we should choose to concentrate on Matisse’s vision: two paintings, entitled Luxe I and Luxe II, created in Collioure in 1907. Three female nudes on a beach: the first woman is endowed with full breasts similar to the form of the Archétype model, the second woman holding a colourful floral bouquet, and the third and last woman kneels on a veil before the first nude in a rite of mysterious adoration. These two huge canvases, a pair (!) as Matisse was adept at creating, employ various technics to attain a sense of exultation on the canvas. Here is what luxury speaks to us: an evocation of beauty in plural form.