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“Head, White and Rose” by Henri Matisse

July 7, 2010

                        “Head, White and Rose” by Henri Matisse

                                       Oil on canvas from 1914.

This Matisse painting was based on an earlier portrait of his daughter Marguerite that was originally painted more naturalistically then was later reworked using a grid.  The paintings is influenced by Cubism but did not try to be a Cubist work in form or try to show multiple angles of view.

The Modernist period around the turn of the century was the origin of abstraction in Western / European painting.  Picasso and Modigliani looked at African art and ripped off the stylization of African carvings and transferred those visual elements to paintings.  Modigliani copied African masks.  “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon” by Picasso is a prime example of swiped African abstraction as European Modernist art:

Kandinsky and Matisse were honestly innovative by moving away from realistic representational paintings and inventing their forms of abstraction.  Kandinsky tried to visualize music and symphonies in paintings with lines and colors.  Matisse would break things down to simple lines, simple geometric forms and connect fields of color.  “Head, White and Rose” is a great example of his experimentation with a more abstract style.

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