The harmony of colour and shape in the works of Henri Matisse

Henri Matisse (1869-1954) is one of my favourite artists. Without knowing well his work as a sculptor, I have always admired his paintings, stained glass works and his late works of cut colour paper.

Matisse is one of the flag artists of 20th century, who created completely new and modern vision of fine art.

Along with Picasso, Matisse created and developed to perfection the artistic styles Fauvism and Cubism, leaving his own individual approach and an incredible flair for shape and colour.

The softness of his character and attitude to life reflect in each of his works.

In his paintings from the Oriental fauvist period coexist in perfect harmony vivid colours, combined with smooth and soft shapes of bodies and objects. The role of the classical geometric perspective is replaced by the depth of colour and softness of the shape. Matisse works from this period immerse us in a dreamy and relaxing atmosphere. It’s hard to take our eyes off the paintings. We remain relaxed and keep dreaming even after we stop looking at them.

With the age, Matisse began working in the Cubism style, but also here distinctive feature of his works is the exclusive synergy of shape and colour. Gradually his works got cleared of details in the form, and the colours became saturated and deep. The unique thing about Matisse is that pure shapes and clear colours does not create any tension in the perception of the art.

Harmony, softness and wisdom. This is for me, Henri Matisse.

You can take a look at Blue Window and many other Matisse works in the collection of MoMA museum.