Art Appreciation: Henri Matisse

Ref: C2346504

Henri Matisse liberated his art from a meticulous representation of reality to free colour from its descriptive purpose, holding the radical view that the shape of things are immaterial except as fantastic vessels for colour - like balloon "they contain the airy brightness of the world". His subjects were often conventional - landscapes, portraits, nudes and interior views - but it was through his handling of bold colour and fluid draughtsmanship that Matisse secured his place as a C20th master. No previous experience is necessary - just a lively, open-minded interest in art!

Course aim

This lecture explores the work of Henri Matisse.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No previous experience is necessary - just a iively, open-minded interest in art!

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Recognize the role of colour in the work of Matisse and its impact - colour freed from its descriptive purpose, for example
  • Understand Matisse's methods of working - colour applied in broad, flat brushstrokes, for example
  • Identify Matisse's choice and treatment of subject matter - subject secondary to the process of painting, for example
  • Understand what is meant by the term 'Fauvism'

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

A list of images under discussion, booklist and relevant web sites will be available on canvas

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Art Appreciation: Henri Matisse

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