You would think I would know this by now! Of course I do, and I did! However, I sometimes allow my panoply of knowledge to be dominated by a segment or two. In recent paintings I allowed form, and/or color, to overwhelm atmosphere. Not yesterday. I dealt with it! Henri Matisse dealt with it too. In 1914 Matisse pushed a painting so hard toward atmospheric dominance that it became nearly abstract. Below I show you Matisse's 1914 painting of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Below it I show a painting of the same subject done in 1902. Yes, Matisse developed between 1902 and 1914. His knowledge became more internalized. More more important to me, Matisse experimented and made paintings that explored ideas without declaring them the end all or be all. That is exactly my nature right here right now.
Yesterday's drawings explore possible means of putting a hard form in a complete composition: atmosphere versus form versus composition.
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