Friday, May 3, 2013

The Open Window

The Open Window by Henri Matisse is among the very first fauve works.  Fauvism was the first of the avant-garde movement that flourished in France. The Fauve painters were the first to break with Impressionism as well as with older traditional methods of perception.  You see sailboats and a balcony with flowerpots. The colors used were how Matisse conceived and structured his image. The colors of the objects are not the conventional, which is a major point of Fauve Art. Fauvism lets the artist express exactly how he sees and feels. The leader of this movement was Matisse, who had arrived at the Fauve style after earlier experimenting with the various Post-Impressionist styles and e Neo-Impressionism. These influences inspired him to reject traditional three dimensional space. 

A quote from Henri Matisse

“Construction by colored surfaces. Search for intensity of color, subject matter being unimportant. Reaction against the diffusion of local tone in light. Light...expressed by a harmony of intensely colored surfaces. “

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