Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Let Color Serve Art

One of my favorite artists is Henri Matisse, and I know it has to do with his passion to have color serve his art. This obsession with color became identified loosely with the Fauvism movement at the turn of the last century. The movement lasted only a few short years as Matisse and other artists worked to breakout of traditional molds. Spurred by the work of Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin and Paul Cezanne, the Fauvists included artists Maurice de Vlaminck, Andre Derain, Albert Marquet, and Georges Rouault, who used color to express an emotional force.

If you would like to learn more about Fauvism, visit these sites: Web Museum, Paris; Image Library, or Artchive.

To set your imagination in motion, I have chosen a painting by Ildikó Kalapács that demonstrates certain Matisse-like elements including the use of color to make a statement. Visit our site for more incredible paintings by this artist and others. The artists always set their own prices, and I think they are all very fairly priced; in fact some are a steal.--Ruth Mitchell

"Transylvanian Hungarian" - Ildikó Kalapács

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