Luxury, peace and pleasure

Henri Matisse • Painting, 1904, 118×98 cm
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Art form: Painting
Subject and objects: Genre scene
Style of art: Impressionism
Technique: Oil
Materials: Canvas
Date of creation: 1904
Size: 118×98 cm
Artwork in collection: Smart and Beautiful Natalya Kandaurova
Artwork in selections: 51 selections
Exhibitions history
May 13 − August 21, 2020
Centre Pompidou, Place Georges-Pompidou

Description of the artwork «Luxury, peace and pleasure»

Sit down, Wayfarer, relax, dive in to the "luxury, calm and pleasure". Careful surprising was the attitude of Matisse to the potential audience. And the picture refers to the period of becoming an artist, he has not yet found himself, but this concern is the desire to give comfort – they already have. In life, by the way, the nature of Matisse was not angelic, especially if something fails to work. But that's life, and the purpose of art, he is seen to bring joy.

The painting was done in the period of fascination with Matisse the pointillism– direction created Georges Seuratand Paul Signac. Latest and purchased the painting. Matisse interpreterpath the plot of dearly beloved "Three Bathers"Cezanne for buy this picture of his wife, Amelie Matisse, a year after the wedding he sold his wedding ring. Easily identifiable and dialogue Matisse with infamous "Breakfast on the grass"Edouard Manet, which depicts suited men in the company of a naked woman. Matisse surrounded by his dressed man several naked women.

"Bathers" by Matisse is made by applying colored dots - so did pointilliste. Thanks to this technology, from the canvas emanates a feeling of vibration, shining Mirage-like in front of us – wonderful Mirage in the desert. The work is accented by decorative, it is called, delights the eye. Next year he will write "Woman in hat"which will allow the color to be the absolute master of the canvas, while the artist seems to only gropes the boundaries of the possible. He had already discovered the poetry of color, but not yet brought it to the top of its approach.
A couple of years, Matisse will write "Joy of life"also telling about the peace and bliss, but radically different from this picture. It has much more of the Matisse and neo-impressionism has no contours, the large areas filled with one color, contrasting combinations.

The picture "Luxury, calm and pleasure" filled with a sense of bliss and heavenly bliss later, trying to find Paradise in Tahiti, Matisse finally convinced that heaven on Earth can only be created by the artist. Before us was one of the first attempts to create Paradise. Poses naked women idle and effeminate, on the tablecloth, spread out on the ground, wine and fruit. The name appeals to the poem by Baudelaire in "Invitation to travel". In Russian the most famous translation of Dmitry Merezhkovsky:

My dove,
Will run off the edge,
Where all, like you, perfection
And we will be there
Divide in half
Life, love, and bliss.

But in this case all the same it is primarily about luxury, calm and pleasure – this idyll is not disturbed even the wind (passion often turns into a hurricane).

Author: Alain Esaulova