Postmodern Italy – in search of genuine wine

Luxe, Calme et Volupté by Henri Matisse, a photo taken by Walter Speller

Walter, an ex art history student, muses on the current, fluid state of Italian wine. 

The natural wine debate has flared up again or, perhaps, it never went away. I was pondering this at the Centre Pompidou in Paris last June, while looking at Henri Matisse’s Luxe, Calme et Volupté, the neo-Impressionist painting from 1904, of which I took this picture. The short brush strokes with which the vibrant colours are applied to the canvas echoes the pointillism of Seurat’s Un Dimanche Après-midi à l’île de la Grande Jatte, painted 20 years earlier, but Matisse’s work is more radical...