Analysis Of Henri Matisse's The Sorrowss Of The King

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Sabrina Gomez
Art 2
31 March 2014
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The two works of art I am writing about are Henri Matisse’s “The Sorrows of the King” 1952 and “Le Bonheur de vivre” 1905-06. Both of these works are made my Henri Matieese. Matieese used all spectrum of colors in both these artworks. It is obvious to see the people painted in Le Bonheur de vivre, but not as easy to see what object is in the painting The Sorrow of the King. This paper will review Matisse’s decision and choices. Along with my own assumption. Matisse was best known for his interiors and the play of artificial light on everyday objects.
Henri Matisse was a 20th century French artist known for his use of color and his vivid imagery. He is known as one of the masters of modern art. He was the leader of the four yearlong movement “French fauvism.” The Sorrows of the King is a collage which is an example of his late phase of paper cut-out prints. It was made from paper he had colored with gouache paint and is attached on canvas. The Sorrows of the King, is an example of Matisse's final body of works known as the cutouts. It was made in Pompidou Centre, Paris.
Matisse show’s himself in the central black form, as if he himself is sitting in an armchair, surrounded by a great life. He has a number of repeated themes from his life. The yellow petals fluttering away have the move of musical symbolization, while the green symbolizes the position, while the dancer embodies female body and seriousness. His standard was pre-painted sheets of cut paper, which was derived from cubism.
Le Bonheur de vivre translates to "The Joy of Life." In the central background of Matisse’s piece is a group of figures that is similar to the group in his painting “The Dance.” In the pictur...

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... The line quality in Matisse’s drawings were flowing. You can tell in his works his outlines were well thought out along with the contouring, hatching, and cross hatching. The level of detail in Henri Matisse’s work was astonishing. All colors he used worked well together.

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"Le Bonheur De Vivre, Also Called The Joy of Life." The Barnes Foundation. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Mar. 2014.

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"Sketch for Le Bonheur De Vivre (The Joy of Life)." San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. SFMOMA on the Go, 6 Oct. 2008. Web. 13 Mar. 2014.
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