Henri Matisse

Topics: History of painting, Modernism, Henri Matisse Pages: 3 (906 words) Published: April 7, 2013
Henri Matisse

During this semester we have discussed numerous interesting artist with all sort of artistic styles and views. I have viewed so many different artist works, painting, sculptures, objects, etc., but this one particular oil painting by Henri Matisse really stuck out to me like a sore thumb. The name of the painting is Le bonheur de vivre (The Joy of Life) 1905-1906. This painting was significant to me because Matisse's view of women and the message that motivated him was clearly portrayed in this remarkable piece he flawlessly created. Below I will discuss Matisse's work of art in particular, the style of the artwork, describe what this painting looks like, what symbols he as an artist used, whether or not they were effective, what the artist is trying to tell us as a viewer, and whether or not I agree with him.

First, In my opinion, from what I have read and researched Matisse was a very positive skilled artist who has contributed to art as a history and legion. "Henri Matisse was born in 1869, this was the year the Cutty Shark was launched. Ironically, the year he died was 1954, the first hydrogen bomb exploded at Bikini Atoll. However, not only did he literally live on from one world into another so to speak. Point being made is that Matisse lived through some of the most traumatic political events in record history. Matisse lived through the worst wars, the greatest slaughters, and the most demented rivalries of ideology without it even affecting him (or at least it wasn't shown through his work) . Matisse never made a moral improve painting or signed a manifesto. Matisse has scarcely one reference to a political event documented, or neither the less an expression of political opinion found anywhere in his writings. Just maybe Matisse did suffer from fear and loathing like everyone else, but there is no trace of them in his work. His artwork has a history portrayed as a production of images of comfort, refuge, and balanced...
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