Monday, July 5, 2010

Artistic Polar Bear Challenge: 100 Ways In 100 Days. #50 - Fauvism

At the latter end of the Impressionist period came the Post-Impressionist period, a very aptly named time where artists like Paul Cezanne and Pierre Bonnard experimented with bold blocks of color with alterations in value, chroma and temperature.  Georges Seurat developed pointillism, where he placed small dabs of pure color next to each other that visually blended at a distance.  Van Gogh began using bright colors in his works, using emotion to steer his choice of colors.

An ever more exuberant use of color followed with the Fauvist movement, where arists merry employed bright, chromatic colors in their works, prompting the critics of the day, who apparently liked only dull colors, to dub them "les fauves' (wild beasts).

One of the most famous paintings of that time is The Green Stripe, a rather vivid portrait of Madame Matisse painted by her color-loving husband, Henri.

The Green Stripe
Henri Matisse

Since the 'wild beast' theme is so appropriate here, what better time pay homage to Matisse and create my own version of The Green Stripe.

Fauvist Bear
Acrylic on paper

And this bear officially marks the halfway point in the '100 Ways' trek.  Only 50 more to go, and surprisingly, I'm not tired of this ol' bear at all yet.  Thanks for coming along so far!


Terri Buchholz said...

Wow - entertainment and Art History all rolled into one. I would call this your Klondike period.

RHCarpenter said...

What better way to celebrate than with wild color! Great stuff and I'm still always looking forward to your next version to see what you create! Happy Half-Way!
(The word verification for today was copicat!! ha ha)

Lisa Walsh said...

LOL Terri - I'm going to have to steal that!

Lisa Walsh said...

Definitely a reason to raise a glass of something bubbly, Rhonda. (In my case, it's Diet Coke!) LOL about the copicat. =)