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Henri Matisse and The Luminosity of Colors

In the previous article we talked about the Fauvists,
a vivid art movement with a passion for innovative color schemes. Truly inspiring
trend was brought by a group of artists with a leading figure. We are talking
about Henri Matisse.

Along with Pablo Picasso and Marcel Duchamp he is
considered as one of the most influential personas to shape the development of
plastic arts. In the following article, we will come across several interesting
facts and creations of this very interesting, and very bright (literally)
artist.

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Just as many avant-garde artists, Matisse started out
with the traditional composition and techniques. At that time he was inspired
by the neo-impressionism and the artistic style of Paul Cézanne, who served as
an inspiring teacher for many upcoming modernist geniuses.

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Though nowadays Fauvism is recognized as an important
stage of the contemporary art development, during its blooming it was highly criticized.
During their first exhibition at the Salon d’Automne in 1905, art critic Louis
Vauxcelles described their show as “Donatello parmi les fauves!”, which
can be translated as “Donatello among the wild beasts”. The phrase referred to
the classical sculptures that were in the same space as Fauvists; the combination
between the wild colors and the Renaissance-like figures caused this
controversial comment.

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Some sources connect Matisse’s fascination with bright
colors and flat forms with his childhood memories. In the area he was growing
up, the common manufacturing item was textile with vivid colors and mesmerizing
patterns.

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Dance
and Music works are basically the
triumph of Matisse’s personal style and Fauvist’s elements. These large scale
paintings with simplified colors and forms reflected artist’s admiration for
primitive art. Matisse wanted to portray people captivated with creative endeavors
in a uniting impulse. The paintings are very important part of the artist’s
whole oeuvre, in terms of composition and tones. He once even said that Dance was “the overpowering climax
of luminosity”.

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Not many are familiar with Henri Matisse as a sculptor.
Yet, he explored this field and quite successfully, continually embodying his
unique perception of forms and motions.

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Towards the end of his life, Matisse tried some new
techniques, the cut-outs and decoupage. At first, he was creating separate
small pieces; a bit later it transformed into the mural works.  These works were the combination of sculpture
and painting elements.

The best description of Henri Matisse’s oeuvre is vivid. Vivid in colors, in innovations,
in shapes, and in energy.

“Expression, for me, does not reside in passions
glowing in a human face or manifested by violent movement. The entire
arrangement of my picture is expressive; the place occupied by the figures, the
empty spaces around them, the proportions, everything has its share.” – and the
artists followed his words, as we observe this passionate expression in each
his creation.

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