Posted: March 20, 2015 Filed under: Art, Painting/Drawing | Tags: collage, colout, cut outs, la perruche et la sirene, Matisse, MOMA, shapes, Tate, the parakeet and the mermaid, The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
‘It was like drawing, but with scissors… there was sensuality in the cutting’
La Perruche et la Sirène (The Parakeet and the Mermaid) is one of the greatest examples of Henri Matisse’s cut-out works. The cut-out is technically related to the collage. Matisse executed this work by snipping forms from paper coloured in one hue. The total work contains cut-out forms in contrasting colours on a white surface. He began this method in 1940, but in his last years this medium dominated all his work. The imagery of this piece consists of leaves, pomegranates and two forms that appear only once. These two forms represent a parakeet on the left and a mermaid on the right side, from which the title of the work derives. The space surrounding the objects is just as important as the objects themselves. Matisse created this monumental cut-out while recuperating from a major operation which prevented him working in his studio. Consequently Matisse referred to this work as ‘a little garden all around me where I can walk’.
Text from The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
To learn more about Matisse’s cut-outs, visit MoMA’s interactive page
Posted: January 29, 2015 Filed under: Art, Painting/Drawing, Photography, Sculpture | Tags: 20s, 40s, abstract art, constructivism, Enio Iommi, geometric abstraction, geometry, hats, J.D. Okhai Ojeikere, lines, Lyubov Popova, modern art, Nigeria, ojeikere, shapes
Untitled. J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere. 2004.
Direcciones. Enio Iommi. 1945.
Constructivist Composition. Lyubov Popova. 1921.
Posted: August 28, 2014 Filed under: Art, Sculpture | Tags: 1948, 40s, Argentina, Enio Iommi, escultura, form, formas continuas, Latin American Art, sculptor, shapes
Formas Continuas, Enio Iommi. 1948.
Posted: August 6, 2014 Filed under: Art, Painting/Drawing | Tags: 1918, constructivism, cubist. suprematist, Lyubov Popova, painterly architectonic, Russia, shapes
Painterly Architectonic. Lyubov Popova. 1918
Posted: May 25, 2014 Filed under: Art, Painting/Drawing | Tags: 1977, 70s, abstract, colours, German, Imi Knoebel, minimalist, shapes, untitled
Untitled, Imi Knoebel. 1977
Posted: May 8, 2014 Filed under: Art, Painting/Drawing | Tags: 1966, 60's, Australia, bay, british, colours, Great Australian Bight, landscape, Philip Sutton, shapes
Great Australian Bight. Philip Sutton. 1966
Posted: February 21, 2014 Filed under: Art, Fashion, Photography, Sculpture | Tags: Africa, anthropoligical, b&w, black and white, hair, hairstyle, J.D. Okhai Ojeikere, Nigeria, ojeikere, sculptural, shapes, style, Venice Biennale, women
These stunning photographs are from the Hairstyle Series by the late Nigerian phototagrapher J.D. Okhai Ojeikere :