Dessert plate Nuance
Assiette en céramique, faite à la main en Italie
Designer: Marta Bakowski
Dimensions (cm) : Ø7 x H1
Made for you, in Italy, in the region of Tuscany.
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Arts and materials
Made of earthenware in Italy, the Nuance plate is cast and demolded entirely by hand. The decorative design is then engraved with a metal point after the outlines are traced using the spolvero technique. Spolvero, derived from the Italian "polvere" meaning "powder", designates the technique of transferring a preliminary drawing onto a surface.
The plate is covered with a matte varnish giving it a raw aspect. Each piece thus becomes unique according to the artisan’s handiwork.
The Nuance plate is inspired by the female face, a theme so representative of Henri Matisse’s work and utilized in the painting that inspired this collection. The extreme simplicity of the decorative design, color, and matte aspect engenders all the beauty of this piece.
Inspired by Henri Matisse's painting La Musique in 1939, the Nuage plate’s motif reproduces the facial lines of the character accompanying the guitar player. Inspired by the synthesis shown by Henri Matisse in his works, Marta Bakowski first broke down the elements of the painting to reinterpret them. She thus formed a collection of shapes and motifs, which she placed on objects to create new compositions.
Henri Matisse, La Musique (1939), Albright-Knox Art Gallery - Buffalo (Etats-Unis) © Succession H. Matisse.