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Interiors by Matisse Henri Matisse was born in Le Cateau France in 1869 He was the leader of a movement entitled Fauvism In the book called Matisse a collection of color plates compiled by editor Jose Maria Faerna he describes the artists of this movement as developing a very free style of painting using vibrant arbitrary color that is to say color independent from the actual hue of the object represented in the picture 5 This idea of using color that was nonrepresentative was very radical during this time In fact the term fauve was French for wild beast The revolutionary artists liked the term so much that they accepted it as their identification Wilenski 160 The Fauves used color in softer but bright hues This was evident in Matisses twentieth century genre painting Interior at Nice Something that was not as evident however was the state of the world at this time Despite the conflict and disorder of World War I Matisse created works of art that conve yed serenity and peace During the years of the war Matisse spent his winters at Nice Here he created a series of interior genre scenes He did not choose to show the gory scenes of war but instead chose to practice his application of vibrant soft color These interior scenes illustrate the ability Matisse had to use color to convey mood This series of paintings were pictures of leisure and relaxation quite contrary to the current state of the world at that time The particular work of art mentioned above was no exception The alluring feature of Interior at Nice is the tone of serenity and tranquility Matisse achieves this through two main methods subject matter with a combination of color The primary figure in the scene is a woman sitting just outside a pair of open double doors This idea of an inside scene leading to the outdoors is common in Matisse works
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