|CREATING WITH SHAPES
Henri Matisse - Beasts of the Sea (1950)
Blue Figure I (1952)
Helen Frankenthaler - Blue Atmosphere (1963)
To an artist, the shapes that fill his canvas are as important as notes are to a composer or words are to a writer -- a
fact well-illustrated by the works of this presentation of GalleryTime.
Throughout his long and prolific career, French painter Henri Matisse continually evolved his art, and in the last
decade of his life found yet another new way to create -- not with a paintbrush but with scissors! Sculpting
fascinating and fanciful shapes out of brilliantly colored papers, Matisse produced remarkable cutout collages that
provided an outlet for his creativity, and proved a revelation to the art world.
At the same time, an American artist named Helen Frankenthaler -- just beginning her career -- startled the art
world with a new methodology for applying paint to canvas, merging the power and emotion of Abstract
Expressionism (the realm of Jackson Pollock) with a certain lyrical beauty. Experimenting with her own style, she
came upon a technique at once simple yet effective - spontaneously pouring thinned paints onto raw, unprimed
canvas, allowing the paint to spread and soak in as it would, creating unplanned and unexpected shapes. The
result is an abstract world both haunting and enchanting.
In this GalleryTime presentation, we examine the works these artists created with shapes, and explore the unique
techniques they employed.
Blue Figure I
Beasts of the Sea