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Founder of Fauvism and master of coloristics. This appears to the descendants of Henri Mattis. Later, ethnic motifs penetrated his art and dissolved, assimilated by the will of the master. The artist created his canvases in series. Several versions of the same work were written at once. The main themes of the work are dances, pastorals, still lifes, fabrics and landscapes outside the window. Clean and expressive compositions do not carry any unnecessary details. Contrasting colors and the absence of shadows, bright reflections of light - all this creates a feeling of joy from the beauty of the world.
The style of the master is distinguished by the flexibility of lines and the balance of coloristic harmony, where bright contrasting fragments are balanced by large spots and masses of color.
In portraits, the artist continues to boldly simplify the form, taking out all that is unnecessary. The main clear lines and colors remain, emphasizing the individuality of character.
Self-portrait is written in clear, decisive lines, where the main focus is on the face and hands. In the picture, the artist holds a brush in his left hand, which emphasizes the universality of the human body. Large color spots outline the space of the picture. The red floor, gray walls, in the center - the figure of the artist himself.
The pose is quite static, but the face attracts attention. The master has nothing superfluous, just a ray of sunlight that highlighted part of the face and the hand holding the brush. That is, the master’s thought and its embodiment are in the center of attention.
Mattis's paintings carry a powerful emotional and energetic impulse, clothed in a strict form.
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