A Dream

During a day of doubt my faith in abstraction was restored by this Matisse:

Henri Matisse, The Dream 1940

Henri Matisse, The Dream 1940

The forms don’t line up as I like them to do, but they are beautifully piled on top of each other, interlaced and jostling for space. Impressive is that the details of the figure—hair, costume, hands, features—can be present without any loss of the abstract experience. Pictorial feeling is everywhere. But also important is that the subject contributes. Abstraction can and maybe should have a subject. Whose dream?

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One Response to A Dream

  1. Patrick Howlett says:

    This is in the Matisse show currently at the MET in New York, on a wall with photos of how it changed and developed which was amazing to see. The choices that make it what it is are literally ‘piled’ up – but with no loss of freshness at all. Lightness and depth all at once.

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