The painting "Madame Matisse" was painted by the artist in 1907. Here he portrayed his wife - Madame Matisse. It must be said that when the canvas was presented to the public, society was seized with an indescribable feeling, and it was not a feeling of admiration.
People could not understand how it was possible to portray such a close person with such an ugly light. And modern admirers of the artist’s talent do not find much beauty in such an image.
However, if you look at the picture in more detail, you can understand how brilliant its creator was. With large, bold strokes, the artist reflected something more important than just a beautiful portrait of his wife.
Matisse was distinguished by the fact that he always wrote “with his soul,” that is, he wrote what he felt, how he understood, how he saw it. Perhaps his vision did not always meet the usual criteria, but from this it was no less, but rather, deeper.
The artist enjoyed the game of colors. Some critics argue that such a color scheme is quite bold even for Matisse’s canvases, however, it was this color saturation, a combination of seemingly incongruous tones, that allowed the artist to show the true nature of this woman.
The picture has another name - "Green Line". This line runs along the center of the face and the center of the whole picture, highlighting a strict, straight nose. The green color shadows under the eyes and outlines the oval of the face, as if separating it from the background colors.
The eyes themselves are not so expressive as the bright and confident line of the eyebrows, which betrays the rather secretive and imperious character of their owner. Black hair color shouts categorical and decisive, and blue highlights only enhance these qualities.
The background of the portrait is made with larger strokes and divides the entire space into three different color planes. There is a bright, red color of passion, and a cold lilac tone and a peaceful green pastel. For Matisse, this is not just a random set of colors, it is a gamut of feelings that his wife possessed.
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