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Woman in hat

Painting, 1905, 24×31 cm

Description of the artwork «Woman in hat»

From the picture "Woman in hat" began the famous Matisse. It can be considered the turning point: the artist finally said goodbye to the proclaimed neo-impressionism and Fauvism – art bright colors, bold decisions and decoration.

Matisse had exhibited it at the salon d'automne in 1905. Poor public just put up with the antics of the Impressionists, and again, everything changed! The President of the Autumn salon Francis Jourdain held the position of "I, of course, the man progressive, but the measure need to know", so just in case, insisted on the rejection of the picture. Into open conflict with the academic Jourdain was not, though sympathetic to new research... About the portrait he said that Matisse here "too modern". When the jury in spite of his "antiprotection" took the painting to the exhibition, Jourdain exclaimed: "Poor Matisse! I thought he's got all his friends."

In the portrait of Matisse portrayed his wife Amelie. Bold, hitherto unseen combination of colors forms a wonderful harmony and makes it clear why this area was called Fauvism (les fauves - wild). Warm cinnabar, Carmine, madder balanced with icy emerald green, purple, cobalt. Unless the woman can bytt? But the color of Matisse is always a color changed, it's not the color of life, the color of the painting, which confirms his famous statement: "I am not a woman, I create a picture".

It is interesting to analyze the influence of van Gogh on the paintings of Matisse. "Vangogovskie" fury and impulsivenessMatisse was attracted and repelled. His path lay in another direction – not rampant following the pulse, but not to suppress it in favor of rationality, and a kind of "education", by definition Askole (in any case not to be confused with didacticism – is Matisse on canvas is not allowed ever). Passion, passed through inner discipline, does not cease to be passion, but by Matisse gains depth and subtlety.

Writer Francis Cork said relatively avant-garde movements "Woman in hat" immediately explained to him more "than all these paradoxes," that is, numerous manifestos and theories of the time.
The picture has caused a storm of mostly negative public reaction, but the American writer Gertrude Stein wished to buy it. She appealed to the administrator of the exhibition, he said that the picture of the set price of 500 francs, but, as a rule, the price is the possibility of concessions, and therefore he would recommend the Madame to offer 400 francs. Gertrude did. Imagine her surprise, when she handed over the refusal of the artist to reduce the cost of painting!

The fact that Matisse then needed. When they brought a note from the Secretary of the Interior, reporting the buyer is willing to pay for a picture of 400 francs, Matisse was very happy. Amelie also insisted on the rejection, stating that if the buyer is so interested in the painting that wants to buy it, the difference 100 francs will not be significant. But for that money you will buy winter clothes for Margot (illegitimate daughter of Matisse, who lived in the family). Oh, and a rough few days had to endure Madame Matisse! The buyer was no news, and if something went wrong in the Affairs of the picturesque, the liking Matisse was cool. But three days later, Salon reported that the painting bought for 500 francs. Personal acquaintance with Matisse Gertrude Stein brought later.

Author: Alain Esaulova
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Art form: Painting

Subject and objects: Portrait

Style of art: Fauvism

Technique: Oil

Materials: Canvas

Date of creation: 1905

Size: 24×31 cm

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