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Large Red Interior

by Henri Matisse

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Large Red Interior - Description

Large Red Interior was created by French artist Henri Matisse. It was finished in the year 1948 and was painted true to the artist’s Fauve style. Matisse’s beloved red hue encompasses the entire room including the floor, walls and table. Two animals play beneath the table. They were coats of a dull yellow to compliment and play down the vibrancy of the red. It is the use of such forceful color that prompted critics to give the Fauvists their legendary nickname. The Fauves, or “wild beasts” created energy and emotion by rejecting the notion that art must be structured in a way that kills its essence. The Fauves first and foremost believed in the spirit of a work before accuracy and for this reason forms are often distorted and color is exaggerated at the whim of the artist. Large Red Interior includes Matisse’s beloved window scene, painted black and white to suggest an exterior far more drab than the wonderful array of colors and sights in the room itself. It is interesting how Matisse creates a window for us to look out with the intention of having the viewer turn away from it. Nonetheless, it acts as an important compliment to the shades of white on the two tables, balancing the composition. One can observe Matisse’s love of linear arrangements as well. Lines are responsible for carving out objects from the floor and animals. Their importance is heightened due to the specific lack of depth given to Matisse’s subects.

Painting Details

Artwork Name: Large Red Interior

Original Artist: Salvador Dali
Subject: Still Life
Style: Fauvism
Medium: 100% Hand-painted on Canvas
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