Featured Hand Painted
Fine Art Reproduction
Matisse (1869-1954) was the principal artist of the Fauvre group. He was a
pupil of the academician Bouguereau and a pupil of Gustave Moreau in whose
studio he met Rouault, and Marquet. He began sending paintings to open
exhibitions in 1896. In1901 he first met Vlaminck in the company of Derain whom
he already knew. In 1910 Matisse saw the exhibition of Near Eastern art at Munich and it is clear
that this highly decorative and brilliantly colored art had a deep and lasting
influence on him.
of his most challenging inventions, it remains explicable only in terms of the
Dancers that preceded it and the Bathers that were to follow.
Originally, to judge from two photographs made while the picture was in
progress, the composition was less rigid. In fact the compositional changes may
be detected today beneath the final painting. A far cry from the muscular,
faceted studio models of ten years before, yet coloristically related, these
five figures attest once again to Matisses insistent simplification of a given
problem as he worked at it over the years. The evolutionary changes which affect chiefly three figures to the right
lead to a bold frontality.