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Poppies - Fireworks

by Henri Matisse

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Poppies - Fireworks - Description

Here is a scene typical of French modernist Henri Matisse, a floral arrangement titled Poppies-Fireworks. This piece is believed to have been created around the year 1919 and is made of oil on canvas. Though filled with Mattise’s signature bright floral arrangement, this painting is noticeably less dramatic than many others of Mattise’s works. Its beauty can still be found in the trademark use of red that stands out and grabs the eye of the viewer. As with most Fauve pieces, this painting can trace its roots to the time of Impressionism in France as is evident in the broad-brush strokes. What is also evident is the use of graded shading by Matisse that creates a softer appearance and overall calmer feel than is conveyed in the energetic paintings that came to dominate the artist’s style in the early Fauvist years. Beauty exists in the classic contrast between blue and white. What is evident is the artist’s love of vertical borders in his work, as can be seen in the background behind the floral arrangement. Also typical is the loosely painted tabletop whose appearance takes the modern approach of slanting forward so as to defy the logical notion that the flowerpot should be falling off. This slightly chaotic visual strategy is in turn offset by the inclusion of pink flowers adorning the walls, reminding the viewer that Matisse’s intentions were not to merely distort reality in a gross fashion but instead capture the simple essence of a mass of flowers interacting with a matching background.

Painting Details

Artwork Name: Poppies - Fireworks

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