Ninth Lebasque

Henri Emile Benoit Matisse - Ninth Lebasque" is a masterpiece painted by renowned artist Henri Matisse in 1905. This painting holds immense significance in the art world due to its innovative use of color, brushwork, and composition, marking a pivotal moment in Matisse's career and the birth of Fauvism. The artwork captivates viewers with its bold, vibrant hues and dynamic, yet harmonious, depiction of the two artists. Its pioneering style and artistic breakthroughs continue to inspire generations of artists, making it a truly exceptional and influential piece in the history of modern art

54 cm

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Title: “”Matisse and Lebasque: A Pioneering Masterpiece of Fauvism””
Year Painted: 1905

“”Matisse and Lebasque,”” painted in 1905 by the celebrated artist Henri Matisse, is a remarkable and groundbreaking work that holds an esteemed place in the annals of art history. This masterpiece showcases the artistic prowess and visionary genius of Matisse, as well as the significant influence of his contemporary, Ninth Lebasque.

In the early 20th century, art was undergoing a radical transformation, with artists breaking away from traditional academic styles and exploring new forms of expression. Matisse, along with a group of like-minded artists known as the Fauves, led this charge, redefining the boundaries of art and unleashing a riot of color on their canvases.

The painting features Matisse and Lebasque, two eminent figures of the Fauvist movement, engaged in conversation amidst a vibrant and exuberant backdrop. Matisse, known for his bold use of color and innovative techniques, portrays himself with confidence and a sense of self-awareness, while Lebasque, a close friend and fellow artist, exudes an air of contemplation.

The composition of “”Matisse and Lebasque”” is a tour de force in itself. The colors, unapologetically intense and juxtaposed in unexpected ways, evoke a sense of emotional intensity and rawness. This hallmark of Fauvism sought to evoke feelings rather than faithfully represent reality, marking a significant shift in the course of modern art.

Matisse’s deft brushwork and liberated approach to color unleash a visual language that captures the essence of the moment and the connection between the two artists. The painting’s energetic and spontaneous quality reflects the spirit of the Fauvist movement, where emotions and artistic expression took precedence over realism.

The year 1905 was a turning point for Matisse. It was during this time that he, along with Lebasque and other Fauvist contemporaries, exhibited their work at the Salon d’Automne in Paris. Their unconventional style, characterized by bold brushstrokes and vivid colors, shocked the art world, giving rise to the term “”Fauvism”” (wild beasts). “”Matisse and Lebasque”” played a pivotal role in this exhibition, cementing the movement’s identity and impact on the art scene.

Beyond its historical significance, “”Matisse and Lebasque”” remains an enduring symbol of artistic camaraderie and mutual respect. The painting captures the unique bond between two visionary artists, united in their quest for creative liberation and artistic excellence.

Today, “”Matisse and Lebasque”” is revered as an emblematic work of Fauvism and a testament to the power of artistic innovation. Its bold and daring use of color continues to inspire artists and art enthusiasts alike, ensuring its place as a truly special and influential painting in the pantheon of art history.

Original size:
50 x 68 cm (width x height)
Art style:
Minimal order width:
40 cm
Maximum order width:
122 cm

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