The Forest at Fontainebleau by Matisse

I saw this piece whilst visiting the National Gallery in London and thought it was relevant to this project. Below is my initial response that I wrote down standing in front of the painting.


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Vibrant colours create magical atmosphere

Thick brushstrokes have very painterly quality

Texture light movement energy emotion

A painters perception of the landscape – using that word that I can’t remember when feelings are put onto inanimate objects in literature – like that.

Unfinished and flawed


Looking at the piece now 

I think it was the bold shapes and fauvist colour palette that caught my eye. This playful approach to painting landscapes is something I want to include in my own work.


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