ART DISCUSSIONS - Look at Matisses Harmony in Red (The Red...

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Look at Matisse’s Harmony in Red (The Red Studio) (Fig. 1113, page 88), and describe some of the specific visual techniques or "tricks" that Matisse employed to deliberately suggest (or deny) illusory space. Matisse utilizes many visual techniques to illustrate illusory space. His elements of art and design include color, dominantly and jarring red; line, straight- outlined; shape, geometric in a flattened form and textured patterns. His replication of shapes strategically manifested through the spindles of the chair and tops of the decanters to even the maid’s hair. Its lack of spatial depth can be inferred from the elimination of any sense of three-dimensionality by uniting the different spaces and implying identical color and design. The color red helps evoke warmth in association with sun and fire; moreover, red transfigures a physiological effect that excites and stimulates the brain. More energy is revealed from warm colors as opposed to cooler ones, thus heightening emotional content. Matisse limits his perspective in his work, applying breaks in line around his objects. I think the color as you have mentioned makes a huge difference out the outward effect of the  piece overall. I like your point on how the red brings the green out of the window, which is  very contrasting in color, to "show the difference between depression/anger and peace". I  hadn't thought of the piece in such a way until you pointed that out with the opposition in  colors, by both promoting segregation and harmony simultaneously.  spratlen How do the meanings associated with color change from culture to culture? Do some research and give some examples (be sure to cite the sources you use). There is no denying that color in design is a very subjective matter; what evokes one reaction in one person may not be reflected in another. Cultural differences and personal preference are two reasons for this, but color theory is a science in itself, and obviously selective colors affect certain people more than others. Warm colors, such as red, orange and yellow, usually symbolize passion, energy, happiness, and enthusiasm. Negatively, red can be associated with fire, violence, anger, and warfare. Outside the western world, red has dramatically different associations. In China, red is the color of prosperity and happiness. This can be seen from red envelopes distributed on Lunar New Year to little children symbolizing prosperity, luck, happiness, and a sense of renewal on a clean slate. In design, red can be a powerful accent color with its overwhelming effect, as seen in Matisse’s Harmony in Red. Orange is a vibrant color associated with autumn along with health and vitality because of the fruit. Yellow is the brightest and most energizing of warm colors, associating with sunshine and hope, but in Egypt, yellow symbolizes mourning and in Japan, yellow represents courage. These are just many examples of the
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This note was uploaded on 08/26/2011 for the course CH 302 taught by Professor Holcombe during the Spring '07 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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ART DISCUSSIONS - Look at Matisses Harmony in Red (The Red...

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