Henri Matisse (French, 1869-1954): The Ballet Dancer, Harmony In Grey, 1927 (Oil on canvas) - The years 1917-30 are known as his early Nice period, when his principal subject remained the female figure, in this case a ballet dancer, who is the focus of the painting as Matisse chose to depict her against a plain background. The painting is infused with light and bright colors, even though the dancer is dressed primarily in grey…
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Hope is in the stars… „Be clearly aware of the stars and infinity on high. Then life seems almost enchanted after all.” - Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853–1890): The Starry Night, 1889 (Oil on Canvas, The Museum of Modern Art, New York)
Claude Monet (1840-1926): Coquelicots, La promenade (Poppies), 1873 (Musée d'Orsay, Paris) - Now one of the world’s most famous paintings, it conjures up the vibrant atmosphere of a stroll through the fields on a summer’s day. Monet diluted the contours and constructed a colourful rhythm with blobs of paint starting from a sprinkling of poppies. The disproportionately large patches in the foreground indicate the primacy he put on visual impression. A step towards abstraction had been taken.
In the landscape, a mother and child pair in the foreground and another in the background are merely a pretext for drawing the diagonal line that structures the painting. Two separate colour zones are established, one dominated by red, the other by a bluish green. The young woman with the sunshade and the child in the foreground are probably the artist’s wife, Camille, and their son Jean…