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.
First start by punching and then move on to sanding. The day is organised around precise exercises, priorities, assembly stages and drying times… Amongst these rituals, one mustn’t forget high tea (le goûter), the aperitif, and the dominical chicken. Ritual allows each moment to be celebrated and for pleasure to be taken in the instant. Respect the elegance of rituals: a rare gift.