Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Henri's Harem, Inspired by Matisse by k Madison Moore

Henri's Harem

Painting Inspired by Henri Matisse


12 x 16   Oil painting on canvas

Art with Art Series

I was reading about Matisse's Models and came up with this
idea. In this painting I did my take on many of his models.
I made many color and patten changes and changed the facial
features. The flowers, vases, checkerboard, table, furniture 
and wall patterns are inspired by different Matisse paintings.
I have such an attraction for Matisse. He was so passionate about
his work. He used such bold colors and mixed patterns with
 patterns and painted table tops facing the viewer as it was more
 important for the elements on the table to be painted.
He had a passion for painting woman in sheer tops and harem
pants. Maybe he wished for a harem...or maybe he had one!
He was hard to model for and went through many,
many models. See a great article I have included below
from the Smithsonian about Matisse and his models.
I thought it would be great to give Henri his Harem lying 
around sipping wine while Henri peeps in.
Enjoy " Henri's Harem"

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 Matisse and His Models

The French expression for thunderbolt—coup de foudre—means “love at first sight,” with all the undertones of violence and risk that were an intrinsic part of Matisse’s passion for painting. Anxiety and dread hung over his studio sessions. Toward the end of his life he told an interviewer that each canvas began as a flirtation and ended up as a rape. He said it was himself, not his subject—or rather it was the feelings his subject aroused in him—that had to be raped. The subject itself could be fruit, flowers or a fabric screen, as often as a human sitter. The young women who posed for him all learned to live and work in the atmosphere of almost unbearable tension generated by Matisse’s effort to express his emotions on canvas—an effort that drained all his strength.

Matisse’s reputation as a Modernist leader was built on this sort of shock. So his followers saw it as an unforgivable betrayal when he moved from Paris to Nice ten years later and started painting good-looking young women in transparent tops and harem pants lounging on cushioned divans.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Dora and Picasso- A Paris Afternoon, by k Madison Moore

Dora and Picasso - A Paris Afternoon


 14 x 14 Oil painting on Canvas

Art within Art Series

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I don't think I will ever tire of painting with Picasso. Every time
I research him I find more and more information and works of his that
I have not seen before. I found this painting of Dora Marr recently
and decided that since they had such a long relationship, that
I wanted to paint this one.

I included a bit of scenery with the buildings in the back ground
from Paris. The table with the still life is my take on it from his paintings
with several changes including the candle which is from another of his
paintings. I added the wine and glasses and took out a few other
elements. The small painting on the wall is one that Dora painted of
Pablo. Hence the title: "Dora and Picasso - A Paris Afternoon"

The pitcher on the floor is from one of Picasso's still life's and of
course the larger painting on the wall is another that Picasso painted
of  Dora. He painted many o herall differently. He must have seen her
in many different ways. By the way, the paintings on the wall are
straight in the painting, but again, I cannot seem to correct this arching
that I get with my camera which always makes them look off.
This is a nice size of 14 x 14 and the sides are painted so no frame
is needed.

Here is a bit more info on Dora Marr and Picasso: Enjoy!

Picasso and Dora Maar - A Mercurial Meeting of Minds

In the winter of 1935 Picasso became intimately involved with
Dora Maar, a stunningly beautiful, passionate and acutely intelligent 
young woman. Dora's influence was to stimulate one of the most
innovative periods of his career. His personal life was in turmoil when
they met: he had broken up with his wife Olga Koklova, a ballet dancer
with the Ballet Russes; and Marie-Thérèse Walter, his mistress since
1927, had given birth to their daughter, Maya. He felt incapable of
painting and instead devoted his creative energy to writing poetry.

Dora Maar was already established in Paris as an acclaimed fashion
and publicity photographer, before her involvement with Picasso.
Aside from her commercial practice she was an innovative Surrealist
photographer, painter, intellectual and political activist. It is easy to
understand how the meeting of Dora and Picasso's  inventive
minds  influenced their work and fed each other's creative

Picasso and Dora had a complex personal and artistic relationship
that spanned the intense period from the outbreak of the Spanish
Civil War to the end of the Second World War. Picasso once
admitted that for him, Maar had become the personification
of war as he painted her many times during World War II.
Shortly after their first meeting, in the winter of 1935/36, they began
an artistic collaboration. Dora photographed Picasso in her studio at
at 29, rue d'Astorg. These early portraits are important records
that capture Picasso, the guarded professional artist, as he gradually
surrenders to the warmth and tenderness of a close relationship.
Mysteriously, Dora developed some of these portraits but never
printed them. It is almost as if the ethereal nature of the negatives had
captured the soul of the man she loved, a secret she preferred to keep
to herself.

She became Picasso's constant companion and lover from 1936
through April, 1944.  Maar went back to painting and exhibited in
Paris soon after Picasso left her for Françoise. 
In later years she became a recluse, dying poor and alone.

Maar kept many of Piccaso’s portraits of her for herself until she
died in 1997.She suffered Picasso’s moods during their love affair.
Maar and Picasso’s love affair ended in 1944 and Picasso left her
a drawing of 1915 as a good-bye gift.

Read about Dora Marr

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Summer Breeze on The Rivera by k Madison Moore, Matisee Inspired Painting

Summer Breeze on The Rivera
Inspired by Henri Matisse


14 x 14 Oil Painting on Canvas

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I guess it is a known fact how much I love Matisse
and his use of brilliant colors and mixed patterns.
This painting it totally Matisse with my impression of
elements from five of his paintings accept
for the chaise lounge. It is always so much
fun to paint with Matisse. 

This is also a nice size square of 14 x 14
and would look great in one of my custom floater
frames that you can see Here, maybe in a brilliant color!

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Henri Matisse

Matisse, Master of Color
The art of our century has been dominated by two men: Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso. They are artists of classical greatness, and their visionary forays into new art have changed our understanding of the world. Matisse was the elder of the two, but he was a slower and more methodical man by temperament and it was Picasso who initially made the greater splash. Matisse, like Raphael , was a born leader and taught and encouraged other painters, while Picasso, like Michelangelo, inhibited them with his power: he was a natural czar.
Matisse's artistic career was long and varied, covering many different styles of painting from Impressionism to near Abstraction. Early on in his career Matisse was viewed as a Fauvist, and his celebration of bright colors reached its peak in 1917 when he began to spend time on the French Riviera at Nice and Vence. Here he concentrated on reflecting the sensual color of his surroundings and completed some of his most exciting paintings. In 1941 Matisse was diagnosed as having duodenal cancer and was permanently confined to a wheelchair. It was in this condition that he completed the magnificent Chapel of the Rosary in Vence.
Matisse's art has an astonishing force and lives by innate right in a paradise world into which Matisse draws all his viewers. He gravitated to the beautiful and produced some of the most powerful beauty ever painted. He was a man of anxious temperament, just as Picasso, who saw him as his only rival, was a man of peasant fears, well concealed. Both artists, in their own fashion, dealt with these disturbances through the sublimation of painting: Picasso destroyed his fear of women in his art, while Matisse coaxed his nervous tension into serenity. He spoke of his art as being like "a good armchair"-- a ludicrously inept comparison for such a brilliant man-- but his art was a respite, a reprieve, a comfort to him. Matisse initially became famous as the “King of the Fauves ”, an inappropriate name for this
 gentlemanly intellectual: there was no wildness in him, though there was much passion. He is an awesomely controlled artist, and his spirit, his mind, always had the upper hand over the "beast" of Fauvism.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Celebrating Peter, Inspired by Max by k Madison Moore

Celebrating Peter
Inspired by Peter Max

11 x14  Oil Painting on Canvas

I have so many Peter Max fans that I thought
it would be great  to do another tribute to him.
Since Peter Max is still living I didn't want to
come too close to his work so I did my impression
of a few of his paintings. The lady on the wall,
the window scene and the flowers are my take on
elements from three of his works. 
Peter Max is another artist that loves to work
in brilliant primary colors so of course fits
right in with my own work. Until I started
this series I never realized how many artists
paint with primary colors and how many
collectors love them as well. I guess becasue
they are all happy colors!  Doing all those
circles in the chairs was a real challenge
but of course the harder it is the more fun
it is! Enjoy!

Peter Max (born Peter Max Finkelstein, October 19, 1937) is a  German-born Jewish American artist best known for his iconic art style in the  1960's. At first, his “Cosmic 60s” art, as it came to be known, appeared on posters and were seen on the walls of college dorms all across America. Max then became fascinated with new printing techniques that allowed for four-color reproduction on product merchandise. Following his success with a line of art clocks for General Electric, Max’s art was licensed by 72 corporations and he had become a household name. In September 1969 Max appeared on the cover of  Life Magazine with an eight-page feature article as well as the  Tonight Show with Johnny Carson  and the  Ed Sullivan Show.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

In The Round with Kandinsky, after Wassily Kandinsky, by k Madison Moore Mount Pocono Pennsylvania Artist

In The Round with Kandinsky

11 x 14 Oil Painting on Canvas
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Ahhhhh....feels so good to be finally painting and posting again. April is so busy with everyone doing taxes and the holidays. I took the rest of my time in April to get my studio back together with the new tables and shelving, finished up a lot of commission projects and did several new paintings. Now I am ready to roll again!

With all the running around I have been doing I sometimes feel like I am going in circles, especially with the remodel of my house in between taking forever and everything else that I have been doing so I guess this painting reflects just that.

I love circles anyway. Even many pieces of my jewelry are circles. Hummm. is that a good thing? The world is round, the sun is round, the wedding ring is round, the circle of life...I guess it's all good!

Kandinsky is so cool. He felt the colors. He said he actually heard  music with each color he painted. Each color had it's own tune. When I read this I immediately had an idea for yet another Kandinsky painting  that I will be doing in the future. Stay tuned.  Enjoy!

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Wassily Wasilyevich Kandinsky was born on December, 16th (4), 1866 in Moscow, in a well-to-do family of a businessman in a good cultural environment. In 1871 the family moved to Odessa where his father ran his tea factory. There, alongside with attending a classical gymnasium (grammar school), the boy learned to play the piano and the cello and took to drawing with a coach. "I remember that drawing and a little bit later painting lifted me out of the reality", he wrote later. In Kandinsky's works of his childhood period we can find rather specific color combinations, which he explained by the fact that "each color lives by its mysterious life". Dies: December 1944

Wassily Kandinsky was one of the most original and influential artists of the twentieth-century. His "inner necessity" to express his emotional perceptions led to the development of an abstract style of painting that was based on the non-representational properties of color and form. Kandinsky's compositions were the culmination of his efforts to create a "pure painting" that would provide the same emotional power as a musical composition. The exhibition "Kandinsky: Compositions", organized by Magdalena Dabrowski and on display at the Los Angeles County Art Museum until September 3, 1995, presents these monumental works together for the first and possibly last time and provides an opportunity to witness the creative process of Kandinsky.
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