samedi 29 mars 2014

A Glimpse Through French And Russian-French Paintings

By Darren Hartley

Matisse paintings began as still-lives and landscapes in the traditional Flemish style with reasonable proficiency. Henri-Emile-Benoit Matisse was a French artist, draughtsman, printmaker and sculptor, primarily known as a painter.

The first contemporary art experimentations by Henri earned for him a rebellious reputation. They also had the aura of gloom because these early Matisse paintings were done using a dark palette.

Among the Matisse paintings, it was The Dinner Table that was first considered to be a masterpiece. Completed in 1897, it was considered radical due to its impressionist aspects. Impressionism was introduced in Matisse paintings between 1897 and 1898 and caused a dramatic change in Henri's painting style.

Henri's rebellious talents were displayed in Matisse paintings by 1899. They, however, did not have a clear direction. Sculpture became the discipline Henri turned to when he got stuck with his paintings. Sculpture helped Henri organize his thoughts and sensations.

Matisse paintings made color a crucial element, influenced by the works of the post-impressionists and Japanese art. They reconstructed Henri's own philosophy of still life, stretching it to a forced contemplation of the color surfaces, patterned to Paul Cezanne's fragmented planes.

The Matisse paintings from 1899 to 1905 made use of the pointillist technique as adopted from Signac. In 1902-03, the Matisse paintings went back to dark palettes and showed a brief movement back to naturalism.

Exemplified in Birth, The Deal and A Holy Family, the early Marc Chagall paintings featured fabulous and metaphoric images of everyday life. Referred to as the quintessential Jewish artist of the 20th century, Marc Zakharovich Chagall was a Russian-French artist.

Marc Chagall paintings demonstrated a perfect feeling of colors and mastery of the Fauvism methods. They exemplified mastery of new trends and tendencies, including Cubism, Futurism and Orphism, reshaped in the Marc way, as depicted in The Violinist, To My Betrothed, Golgotha and Paris Through the Window.

A number of Marc Chagall paintings, including The Pinch of Snuff, The Cattle Dealer and I and the Village, were filled with love and nostalgia. The Marc Chagall paintings remained immersed in nostalgia during the First World War. The difference in Marc's paintings during the war was their becoming very multifaceted in their representation of everyday life.

Window at the Dacha, War, Red Jew, Feast of the Tabernacles, Birthday, Pink Lovers, The Promenade and Bella with White Collar were some of the Marc Chagall paintings exhibited during this period in Marc's life.

Human grief and war hardships are the reflections in War. As a result of the intensification of the Jewish persecution, Marc Chagall paintings became strongly religious as can be gleamed from his works, Red Jew and Feast of the Tabernacles. Lyrical works filled with love towards a woman named Bella are the last 4 aforementioned Marc Chagall paintings.

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