Dancing in My Dreams
Inspired by Henri Marisse
11 x 14 Oil Painting of Interior
Art within Art Series
This was so much fun. Working on making the dancers
translucent as to be the vision of the dancers in her dream
was a challenge against the back ground of the window scene
The flowered wall and vase are my impression of a few
elements from his works as well as the nude and just had to
add a peek of Matisse's painting The Dance. My connection
to him is his use of primary colors and mixing of pattern
in one composition.
Dancing in My Dreams
The Dance by Henri Matisse
In March 1909 Matisse painted a preliminary version of this work, known as Dance (I)It was a compositional study and uses paler colors and less detail. The painting was highly regarded by the artist who once called it "the overpowering climax of luminosity"; it is also featured in the background of Matisse's La Danse with Nasturtiums (1912).
It was donated by Nelson A. Rockerfeller in honor of Alfred H. Barr Jr. to the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Dance, is a large decorative panel, painted with a companion piece, Music, specifically for the Russian businessman and art collector Sergei Shchukin with whom Matisse had a long association. Until the October Revolution of 1917, this painting hung together with Music on the staircase of Shchukin's Moscow mansion.
The painting shows five dancing figures, painted in a strong red, set against a very simplified green landscape and deep blue sky. It reflects Matisse's incipient fascination with primitive art, and uses a classic Fauvist color palette: the intense warm colors against the cool blue-green background and the rhythmical succession of dancing nudes convey the feelings of emotional liberation and hedonism. The painting is often associated with the "Dance of the Young Girls" from Igor Stravinsky's famous musical work The Rite of Spring.
Dance is commonly recognized as "a key point of (Matisse's) career and in the development of modern painting". It generally resides in the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, but was loaned to Hermitage Museum for a period of six weeks from April 1 to May 9, 2010.
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