Matisse's Model Puzzle x Faith Ringgold
The French Collection, Faith Ringgold's quilt painting series of a fictional African-American artist and artists' model in 1920s Paris, presents a revisionist view of the early twentieth century School of Paris. It tells the story of Willia Marie Simone's (a fictional character created by Ringgold) experience as a black woman in her journey to become a successful artist in France.
This intricate 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle is of the work Matisse's Model (The French Collection, Part I: #5) (1991), depicting Willia Marie modelling nude for Henri Matisse.
About the artist
Artist, author, educator, and organizer, Faith Ringgold (b. 1930, New York, NY) is one of the most influential cultural figures of her generation, with a career linking the multi-disciplinary practices
of the Harlem Renaissance to the political art of young Black artists working today. For sixty years, Ringgold has drawn from both personal autobiography and collective histories to both document her life as an artist and mother and to amplify the struggles for social justice and equity. From creating some of the most indelible artworks of the civil rights era to challenging accepted hierarchies of art versus craft through her experimental story quilts, Faith Ringgold has produced a body of work that bears witness to the complexity of the American experience.
ArtworkFaith Ringgold, Matisse’s Model, The French Collection, Part I: #5, 1991. Acrylic on canvas, printed and tie-dyed fabric, and ink, 73 1/4 × 79 3/4 in. (186.1 × 202.6 cm.).
© 2022 Faith Ringgold / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, courtesy ACA Galleries, New York. The Baltimore Museum of Art. Frederick R. Weisman Contemporary Art Acquisitions Endowment. Photo: Mitro Hood
Designed and produced exclusively by Third Drawer Down, in partnership with New Museum, New York. Reproduction without permission is prohibited.