Sunday, March 20, 2011

Luxe, calme et volupte

Luxe, Calme et Volupté is an oil painting by artist, Henri Matisse, from 1904. The colors of this painting is what drew me in. The dark shading behind the standing figure nearest the tree, and the greenish shadows cast beneath the the seated and reclining figures should be admired. In the foreground we discover a beach which recedes to the left, leaving an open bay on the right. That margin of the picture is secured by the trunk of the tree which thought spatially ambiguous, is linked in design with the boat in the middle distance. The year the painting was created, Matisse had met Paul Signac, one of his collegues, and spent the summer working with him at Saint- Tropez on the French Riviera. After meeting Signac, Matisse began using the bright colors of Neo-Impressionism.

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