GET THE LOOK | HENRI MATISSE
Blue Nudes, 1952
Matisse was one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. With the unfolding and morphing of his various styles that were integral to the art world, he pioneered new styles and was unapologetically himself.
Matisse was a French artist whose practice revolved around expressive color attention to line work. His collage style was inspiring and eventually completely replaced his fascination with painting. His collage works eventually became these large scale installations that filled rooms. He made the choice to leave white canvas exposed to allow his work to be more bold, free, and open.
While he is known as a painter, he is also a sculptor, printmaker, and draughtsman. He was a part of several artistic movements but mainly the fauvist movement. This movement focused on the use of pure, brilliant color aggressively applied straight from the paint tubes to create a sense of an explosion on the canvas.
The Dance (1909-1910), henrimatisse.org
One of his most famous paintings, Dance (1909-1910), was an ode to life, joy, and physical embodiment. It was fitting for the fauvism aesthetic and embodies emancipation from western arts traditional conventions of representation. It was created in the hopes to unify the individuals. His work always involved raw feeling and harmony. Dance is considered a key point in Matisse's career and one of most well known works.
Into Your Home
Using bold color combined with an extensive use of white, you can create a space inspired by Matisse's work. Your main focus will be shape and color, and considering the fauvist artistic movement. Much of his work is very minimal, intentional, and modern, so you will want to learn towards a contemporary look with bold simple colors. The primary colors, blue, red, and yellow are great statement colors as well as secondary- orange, purple, and green. The most important part of this should be this - your home is an extension of yourself. So as any artist would, add your own spin to it and have fun!
Get the Look | Henri Matisse
Natalia C. Martinez - Nov 04 2020