A Model for Matisse is a short film, directed by Barbara Freed, which tells the story of the friendship between Sister Jacques-Marie, and the celebrated artist Henri Matisse. Their relationship began before she was a nun, when she started working for him as a personal nurse. Soon after she began posing for drawings and helping him with his work. Eventually she joined a convent and played a central role in helping Matisse design the Chapelle du Rosaire, right before his death. He considered the chapel to be his masterpiece. Matisse believed in God but didn’t consider himself a Catholic, and yet his friendship and love for Sister Jacques Marie inspired something in him. The chapel is hyper modern, some of the art in the chapel is described by Sister Jacques as “scribbles” so this is an interesting film both about a beautiful friendship between an artist and his muse, and about modern art more generally.
Watch the trailer here: A Model for Matisse