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Sea at Collioure

by Henri Matisse

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Sea at Collioure - Description

Henri Matisse considered himself a painter for the common man. He is widely quoted as saying, "What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity, devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter, an art which could be for every mental worker, for the businessman as well as the man of letters, for example, a soothing, calming influence on the mind, something like a good armchair which provides relaxation from physical fatigue," (source: http://www.henri-matisse.net/quotes.html). However, Matisse's works are far from banal or boring. In "Sea at Collioure," a standard landscape is pulled back to its basic shapes and colors. It is difficult to see where one building begins and another ends, making the viewer focus on the interplay of colors and light and dark rather than the concrete physical view. The sea is rendered in deep blues and purples, colors which dot the landscape as well, which highlight Matisse's deep love of contrasting colors. One lone tree in the forefront of the canvas is rendered realistically, in brown and green, providing a vertical line to an otherwise very horizontal image. "Sea at Collioure" is a landscape that plays with color and perspective, forcing the viewer to surrender to the moment, rather than analyzing the image for accuracy.

Painting Details

Artwork Name: Sea at Collioure

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