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The Dance

by Henri Matisse

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The Dance - Description

"Dance" by Henri Matisse is commonly called one of the most important paintings of the 20th century. Painted in 1910, it shows the artist at the height of the Fauvist movement, which placed a high importance on contrasting colors, themes of sensuality and abstraction of the human form. In "Dance," five human figures are painted in deep red, from their hair to their toes. The forms are elongated, with stretched limbs and torsos. The hold hands and seem to leap to music. The figure to the very front of the canvas appears to float, with no feet touching the ground. The figures are all nude. The background is rendered simply, in green and blue. Some experts have linked this image to "The Dance of the Young Girls" from Igor Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring," performed for the first time in 1913. Matisse said, "Expression, for me, does not reside in passions glowing in a human face or manifested by violent movement. The entire arrangement of my picture is expressive; the place occupied by the figures, the empty spaces around them, the proportions, everything has its share" (source: In "Dance," this thought is given its purest expression. The figures move, the space around them pulses with life, and the color expresses the artist's true feelings.

Painting Details

Artwork Name: The Dance

Original Artist: Henri Matisse
Subject: Nudes
Style: Fauvism
Medium: 100% Hand-painted on Canvas
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