Arts Everyday Living: What is Art? Monet, Matisse, Visions of the Sea and Sky

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For very often I put myself in my pictures, and I am aware of what exists behind me.  I express the space and the objects in it as naturally as though I had only the sea and the sky in front of me: that is the simplest things in the world.

Henri Matisse



Claude Monet, Wave Breaking, 1881, oil on canvas, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, California

Claude Monet (1840-1926) and Henri Matisse (1869-1954) could be called the “super heroes” of modern art; key artists of the revolutionary movement that began primarily with the Impressionists in the latter half of  the 1800s and continued well into the twentieth century. Nature, though, was the foundation of their visions, particularly the infinite space of the sea and sky, evident in Monet’s Wave Breaking above, done in Normandy in 1881, as well Matisse’s depictions of the coast along the South of France.

*The quote is from The Shock of the New by Robert Hughes, published by Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1981.

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Take an Art Walk with Monet and rediscover your home environment with Matisse in Through an Artist’s Eyes: Learning to Live Creatively.


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