2/11/13: Unshown Feeling
Portrait of Madame Matisse (Green Stripe), Henri Matisse
Matisse’s work was the epitome of the Fauvian style of art. Seen as audacious in its time, the painting along with other works such as “Woman with a Hat” received criticism because works such as these appeared to have their colors arbitrarily chosen and thrown at the canvas without rhyme or reason. Most noticeably, the line along the bridge of Matisse’s wife’s nose has been painted green. Such stylistic choices must have been perceived as crazy. This could not be further from the truth, as Matisse and other Fauvian artists believed in creating art with pure color that reflected new pictorial values. The underlying reason was to create these new values that matched the natural rythyms of the artist, which opened art to become more of an expression of the artist. This line of thought built upon others put forth by artists like Gougain, but was met with more criticism because of the subject. While Gougain’s scenes were from other lands (and likely considered more mystical) different color schemes were accepted, the same kind of color assignment to something or someone much more “commonplace” seemed odd and out of place. Nevertheless, this and paintings like it helped move modern art forward in its more abstract forms.
Analysis of Fauvism as a whole:
Little bit more about Matisse: