Tuesday….December 29th….The last Art Tuesday of 2009…Just can’t wait…..sort of quivering with AnticiPA….tion…right about now…aren’t you?????

“Barren Trees” Oak Ridge Tennessee, 2009

“My dear friend, there’s a little bit of Don Juan in every man, but since I am Don Juan, there must be more of it in me.” – The Adventures of Don Juan 1949

Being the last Art Tuesday of 2009, I thought it only fitting to show a few of the works of one of my all time favorite artists…Henri Matisse. Matisse was the artists’ artist….(hard to say)……he immersed himself in the work of other artists he admired and got into debt from buying works from Rodin, Van Gogh….Gauguin and most importantly….Cézanne’s “Three Bathers.”  Matisse found his primary inspiration in and through Cezanne’s work…. Matisse’s earlier works…show a very impasto style of painting…..where as in 1917 Matisse relocated…and his worked changed a bit…to include a more stylized…graphic…finish…..his work in the 1940’s and 1950’s….became extremely flat….on the surface…yet portrayed….a visual depth….similar to his pieces from the early 1900’s…I tend to prefer Matisse’s  earlier works…as they resonate more to my thinking….enjoy the work…let me know what you think….

The Green Line (La Raie verte). 1905.

What a great painting….how a green stripe so normally out-of-place becomes less of the focus and more of the element that binds the entire painting together…

Self Portrait 1906

Again the use of the “Green line”…there is something so stark about this painting that it almost seems void of emotion…

Blue Nude, Memory of Biskra, 1907

By far my favorite paintings…everytime I look at this painting…I want to know more….it is flat yet deep…light as well as dark…for everything there isn’t…there is….

Bathers by a River, 1916-17

this painting seems like a series of paintings….or photographs….

Creole Dancers, 1951

What a beautiful painting…I love the movement and flow of the work…there is a festive quality that increases the more I look at it….

What a great way to end 2009…with a few paintings by Matisse….I hope you enjoy these paintings…and your input would be greatly appreciated….thanks.

I always try to think what sort of music goes well with the paintings…If I were standing in front of these paintings…what would they sound like….this is what they would sound like to me….

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2 thoughts on “Tuesday….December 29th….The last Art Tuesday of 2009…Just can’t wait…..sort of quivering with AnticiPA….tion…right about now…aren’t you?????

  1. And to parallel in literature, you have early Ezra Pound and Mina Loy, James Joyce’s Ulysses, and some of TS Eliot’s earliest works published in the Harvard Advocate.

    From about 1900 – 1920, there was such a huge expansion of art and literature. Most of which is still heavily influencing contemporaries.

    In fact, the advent of free style poetry has remained the primary medium, unchanged, since the teens!

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  2. “”Matisse was the artists’ artist….(hard to say)……he immersed himself in the work of other artists he admired and got into debt from buying works from Rodin, Van Gogh….Gauguin and most importantly….Cézanne’s “Three Bathers.” Matisse found his primary inspiration in and through Cezanne’s work…. “”

    I love how even the “great ones” were inspired by others…..how we all take what we love and admire from others and try to work them into our own pieces… our own beings…

    —and I love the photo of the woods 🙂

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