Wining and dining with Henri Matisse at Tate Modern

Did you guess the answer to yesterday’s question?


I was of course at the wonderful Tate Modern art gallery on London’s South Bank for an exhibition of the so-called Cut Outs by Henri Matisse (1869 – 1954). Well, first I had lunch in the restaurant at the top of the gallery where a good meal is enhanced by terrific views across London.


Then I spent the rest of the afternoon at the Matisse exhibition – believe me these pictures are amazing. They were made by the artist, then ill and in his eighties,  with a pair of scissors and some very colourful paper. You have to see them to appreciate the fantastic colours and effects produced by this masterly old man in the 1940s and 50s. Get yourself to the Tate Modern if you can before it closes on 7th September. Then it moves to New York’s Museum of Modern Art where it runs from 25th October until 9th February next year.

Snail (1953)
Henri Matisse (1869-1954)



Blue Nude IV (1952)



Zulma (1950)


White Alga on Red and Green Background (1947)



Icarus (1943/4)

I don’t really know why I’m playing this flute sonata by the French composer Francis Poulenc – two reasons probably: 1) I love it and 2) it just feels right as an accompaniment to the Matisse.

F. Poulenc: Sonata for Flute and Piano
Flute. Karl-Heinz Schütz
Piano. Eliko Akahori

My novel, Stephen Dearsley’s Summer Of Love, was published  on 31 October 2013. It is the story of a young fogey living in Brighton in 1967 who has a lot to learn when the flowering hippie counter culture changes him and the world around him.
It is now available as a paperback or on Kindle (go to your region’s Amazon site for Kindle orders)
You can order the book from the publishers, Ward Wood Publishing:
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Stephen Dearsley’s Summer Of Love
Ward Wood Publishing
October 30, 2013

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Poetry anthology

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The Blotter
The Blotter Magazine Inc.
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In The Night Count The Stars
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March 1, 2014
An “uncommon anthology” of images, fragments, stories and poetry.————

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