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The conversation

Painting, 1909, 177×217 cm

Description of the artwork «The conversation»

How to attract the attention of the viewer with a uncomplicated view of the story? For the Fauvist Henri Matisse, this task is not particularly difficult. His recipe is simple: take a lot of deep blue, set off his figures in black and green, add blue and white striped — and get a picture that has for a hundred years causes fierce disputes in the camp of critics, art historians and other connoisseurs of the arts.

"The conversation"as it was referred to the work of Henri Matisse, and on canvas we do see two interlocutors, passionate discussion of an issue. At first glance it may seem that this is a casual morning conversation between the couple: the man is clearly wearing pajamas, a woman — something like a dressing gown. However, a slight tension in the postures of interlocutors tells the viewer that in fact the conversation is about something important: a man holds hands in pockets, the woman leaned back in the chair and looks into the face of man. What happens in a room with blue walls and views of the flowery garden?
Each painting Henri Matisse written in accordance with the canons of Fauvism, and "Conversation" is no exception.

The story transmitted to us via a flat picture: the prospects are almost there, she barely discern in the landscape, which is visible from the window of the room. The smoothness of the flower beds and crown of the tree echoes the directness of the lines of the trunk and the fence, locked inside a fancy ornament wrought.

The same confrontation lines and we see the characters in the paintings by Henri Matisse "Conversation": the figure of a woman like flows inside the chair, practically fused to the wall; standing in front of her man, on the contrary, consists of many straight lines, and the stripes on his pajamas only reinforce this feature. A kind of "duel" lines emphasizes selected by the artist colors: is the combination of these contrasting colors like deep blue, black, dark green. If you interpret the story in his colours, you can come to the conclusion that the conversation that takes place between the couple in the painting of Henri Matisse, not too pleasant for both of them.

Some critics in the interpretation of this piece appeal to the values of the characters. So, the tree and the garden in General symbolize life, nature and its fertility. Brought to a forefront figure of man and woman represent the masculine and the feminine, which in Union give them new life. Fancy fence window painting by Henri Matisse "Conversation" performs the role of a bridge, the bridge that joins together two opposites and at the same time keeps them at a distance from each other.
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Art form: Painting

Subject and objects: Allegorical scene

Style of art: Fauvism

Technique: Oil

Materials: Canvas

Date of creation: 1909

Size: 177×217 cm

Artwork in selections: 57 selections