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The Joy of Life, 1906 by Henri Matisse (1869-1954, France) | Artwork Replica Henri Matisse | WahooArt.com

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The Joy of Life, 1906 by Henri Matisse (1869-1954, France) | Artwork Replica Henri Matisse | WahooArt.com
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"The Joy of Life"

Henri Matisse - Oil On Canvas - 175 x 241 cm - 1906 - (The Barnes Foundation (United States))

Henri Matisse’s painting The Joy of Life is regarded to be one of the pillars of early Modernism. The painting draws inspiration from many sources, it becomes a group of individual motifs placed in a single composition. The most obvious inspiration is Paul Cézanne’s painting The Large Bather. Similar to Cezanne, he uses the canvas as a stage, the line of trees extend towards the back while the boughs serve as curtains. The sensual figures are seen as inspired by Ingres’s and harem scenes. Matisse emphasizes their contours heavily. Titian's Bacchanal of the Andrians also expresses pure pleasure that can also be noticed in the actions depicted in Matisse’s work. James B. Cuno suggests that Carracci's engraving bears heavy resemblance as both show a sensual scene and a group of people in the background holding hands and dancing. The painting shows the artist's Fauvist techniques of using more strong bold colours rather than placing value on the representational figures.





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