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Luxury, Peace and Pleasure, Henri Matisse, 1904

Luxury, Peace and Pleasure, Henri Matisse, 1904

Luxury, peace and pleasure - Henri Matisse. 98.5 x 118 cm

Matisse’s early painting “Luxury, Peace and Pleasure” is a landmark for all the subsequent work of the author. Here you can see the search for style, experiments in technology, as well as the bold use of the color palette, which will lead to the emergence of Fauvism, as a trend in painting.

The name of the canvas refers us to the famous Baudelaire poem, and the technical features of the writing make us recall Signac with his pointillism. Indeed, in 1804, the 34-year-old Matisse sets out on a summer trip to the sea with Paul Signac.

Admired by the picturesque nature, Matisse writes a canvas depicting the seashore with imposing bathers. The poses of the heroines resemble in some way the classic examples of this plot, however, the color scheme gives the figures both dynamics and tension.

The viewer involuntarily wants to compare this work with outstanding works written in the style of pointillism, for example, the same Signac, however, this is not necessary. Despite the very short, almost dotted strokes, Matisse did not work out the picture like pointillists, taking care that the tiny local dots in the viewer's eyes merged into a color palette. Rather, the author experimented here, tasted the manner of divisionism, while creating work with an active space where paints seem to constantly move across the canvas.

Noteworthy is a tablecloth spread out on the sand in the lower left corner of the picture - this element Matisse borrowed from Edward Manet's scandalous picture “Breakfast on the Grass”. The author invented the rest of the composition himself, without quotes or third-party leitmotifs.

The work presented at the Salon of Independents was liked by the public, and Signac became the first owner, who happily decorated the canvas of his house in St. Tropez.


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