Your opinion about the picture of Henri Matisse "Red fish" ("Golden fish"), 1911
I first met him at a young age just with this picture in the reproduction. I certainly didn’t like him, he clearly didn’t hold out to Shishkin and Aivazovsky. I could of course stop there, but my tastes changed with age. It is impossible to come to this at once, it is possible to appreciate the 20th century modernism either when you perceive the world as they are, or by perfecting your own tastes. The second is preferable in my opinion. In my memory there were many people who understood and loved such art and did not like Do not understand the other, it's bad for the perception, although the artists themselves it does not matter. Fauvism is pure colors, light lines, a world view not of a child, but through the prism of his eyes. This painting is already something different than just a picture, it is already a worldview and a design style. Easy female, airy, homely, cozy, refined, reverent ... Matisse painted his paintings in the first half of the century, and really became famous in the sixties of the 20th century. wars, when it seemed that peace and happiness would no longer change humanity ...
The picture that is now before our eyes is very positive. Reproducing a minimal part of the interior, Henri Matisse depicted a table on which an aquarium with red fish swimming in it stands. This dance of four fish is the semantic basis of the work. Bright colors of the picture create a high, joyful mood. Red fishes swimming in the aquarium, being the main compositional center of the picture, also became the center of color, strongly shaded by bright green leaves around. Thanks to these bright, shining colors, viewers will never have doubts about the authorship of this masterpiece: it can only be Matisse.
The artist wrote this canvas in his workshop, located not far from Paris, he was immediately bought by the Russian collector Shchukin for his collection.
Artist HENRI MATISS (1869-1954) RED FISHES. 1911
Who among those who have seen this picture in the Museum of Fine Arts. A.S. Pushkin in Moscow, did not catch himself thinking that he could not look away from the bright red puppy-eyed fish splashing in the aquarium. What is the matter?
Matisse addressed this motif more than ten times, changing the composition, the shape of the aquarium, and the color in different ways. For example, in the picture, located in the Museum of Modern Art in New York, he pushed the vessel with fish to the left edge of the canvas, and in the center put a vase with red flowers, next to which a statuette of a lying woman can be seen against the window. Thanks to the harmony of delicate air colors, this thing is imbued with such peace, as if in fact the picture is like a chair, which, according to the artist, after the fuss and work the viewer deserves.
In the Moscow canvas reigns another mood - upbeat, joyful, and it is created in color. Red fish are not only a compositional, but also a coloristic center of the picture, and the bright green leaves around them, by virtue of their contrast, make the red spots brighter still. It is by the shining colors that we immediately recognize Matisse, and thanks to the color, the contemplation of his paintings becomes a feast for the eyes. It seems that the author of such colorful canvases life was easy and cloudless, but in fact it is not. In order to be held as a professional and remain faithful to his creative principles, the artist had to overcome many difficulties.
It would seem that the motive is the most mundane, there is neither intrigue nor fascinating plot, and the viewer stands as enchanted. Apparently, the artist managed in some incomprehensible way to preserve the childlike immediacy of the soul, which helped him to admire the naive charm of these fabulous fishes and “infect” us with his admiration.
Matisse addressed this motif more than ten times, changing the composition, the shape of the aquarium, and the color in different ways. Here are some of his "fish."
"Red fish". 1911. Oil on canvas. Museum of Modern Art, New York
"Woman in front of the aquarium"
It is by the shining colors that we immediately recognize Matisse, and thanks to the color, the contemplation of his paintings becomes a feast for the eyes.
And he drew fish, simply because he liked them? And the artist was interested in the task of depicting fish in the water through the glass of the aquarium.
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