Monday, October 14, 2013


It's difficult to name any singular work of art as my favorite, but I do have a list of those that are my top choices.  Above is "La Danse"  by Henri Matisse.  it is one of many that I rank in that list.

A preliminary version of this painting was done in 1909 using pastel colors and with less detail. (referred to as Dance 1)    Matisse was very fond of this painting and once referred to it as "the overpowering climax of luminosity." 

In 1910 Matisse painted "Danse"  with a companion piece "Music"  for Russian businessman and art collector Sergei

The painting reflects Matisse's fascination with primitive art and uses the classic Fauvist color palette of intense warm reds against the cool blue-green background and the dancing nudes convey a feeling of emotional liberation and hedonism.

The work is generally regarded as a key point in Matisse's career and in the development of modern painting.  It is housed at The Hermitage in St Petersburg.

With that, we'd like to ask you, our readers, what is your favorite work of art?  Leave your comment and we'll try to locate photos of your favorites and post them here.

Information on La Danse courtesy of Wikipedia.

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