An exhibition regarding Matisse, now at the Met, explores the artist’s love of color and his process. The artist would often make several versions of the same painting and would have a photographer record his progress, Vogue reported.
For example, the painting above, named “The Dream”, was created after a long process. The evolution of the piece is recorded below.
Looking at the images above, I’m reminded what a difference color makes! And Matisse certainly knew color. He used tones and shadows to convey a mood that was either joyful, serious, or something in between. The image below demonstrates this talent of Matisse’s.
Take a look back at our Take Color Block Cues from Henri Matisse post.