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Red Fish in Interior

by Henri Matisse

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Red Fish in Interior - Description

Red Fish in Interior was created by French modernist Henri Matisse. This painting is a work of oil on canvas and was completed in 1912. The painting was created in the years following Matisse’s involvement with the Fauve movement in France. This movement was characterized by the use of intense color and crude brush strokes to convey emotion. Notice Matisse’s use of ultramarine in the fish bowl as well as in the window and doorway. This habit is typical of Matisse who favored bright tones to govern the emotion of his artwork. Lying on the table next to the fish bowl and typical floral arrangement preferred by Matisse is a grossly distorted model, or what could be a model of a nude. It would have to be a minuscule human being to fit in that space but that is the glory of the modern art that Matisse came to endorse. Within the artist’s boundaries there are limitless means of expression by bending lines and shapes to accommodate a sense of working contradiction. This is the extent of detail that one could find in Matisse’s work, with nothing highlighted more than the heavy lines governing the boundary of a form or the separation of color. Colors do not blend here but sit next to each other and create balance as well as contrast. This piece, less chaotic than many of Matisse’s, allows the eye to focus first on the still life and then proceed through the door where a world of bright color is displayed beyond the dramatic and convincing shade of blue in the windowsill.

Painting Details

Artwork Name: Red Fish in Interior

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