Henri Matisse : Dance (1)

Compare this with the previous post Damselles D’Avignon 1907 Damselles was first published in an article about The Wild Men of Paris : Matisse, Picasso and Les Fauves. Fauves meaning wild beast, was a handy term to differentiate use of colour, from that of the impressionists fascination with light ; the Fauves used colour in saturated […]

Les Demoiselles d’Avignon

  What do you see. Sharpe angular outlines of women? flat tones, little depth for expression of shape within the ‘unfeminine’ outlines? Not a mirror image of real life for sure. Especially when portraits and figurative images had, from the beginning of 1300’s renaissance Europe, been striving for that similarity in likeness. Nature rendered as […]

No Smoke Without Fire

 Doing It Again Differently I am a great believer in the idea that truly original works of art do occasionally happen but for the most part it is someone unwittingly doing something slightly different from another work that has already been done – a bit like music, the notes are there but eventually something will […]

The Edge of Expression

  For something so seemingly gentle an occupation art really does get up some peoples noses. Take the artist Owen Maseko in Zimbabwe for example, being arrested and having an exhibition closed. By all accounts the imagery was not a walk in the park, but then neither was Zimbabwe’s recent history. An artist’s reflection of […]