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Kurigrama
Posted: Saturday, May 10, 2014 1:45:52 PM
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The painting depicts a head and shoulders, a bouquet of red flowers in a dark blue vase sitting upon a bench, a framed drawing of a woman’s head, and an unframed painting or drawing, also of a woman. But what is most striking about the painting is the way Matisse has begun to allow his colors and his forms to play freely, even while they are coordinated. The ochre of the head runs out past the form. Bits of blue from the bench appear in the man’s neckline or along his shoulder. The colors of the various frames and surfaces of the drawing on the wall overlap and refuse to be constrained by definite lines of form. Although this technique is not given the kind of free reign Picasso allows it in his Cubist period or in works such as Minotaur, it is still a stunning development for Matisse.


Could someone please explain the bold part?


seemo74
Posted: Saturday, May 10, 2014 4:08:19 PM

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I am not very fond of Picasso .
DDuck
Posted: Saturday, May 10, 2014 5:05:47 PM
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Hi Kurigrama,

Matisse's painting described before the bold sentence is done in such a way that the shapes and colours in it are not perfectly defined.

The style of this painting is not exactly the same of Picasso's Minotaur (as extravagant as that), but it is some sort of development towards that kind of painting (basically previous paintings of Matisse were somewhat more defined and ordered in shapes and colours).



thar
Posted: Saturday, May 10, 2014 5:53:48 PM

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Also, be wary of writing from people who are obviously not thinking about what they are writing.

The correct phrase is "to have free rein "(a rein is how you control a horse - free rein is not being under anybody's tight control. You are free to go where you want, artistically.)

Not free reign (to reign, - to rule over. A reign is the period of power of a monarch).That makes no sense. Shame on you

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/free+rein

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/rein
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/reign

The two words are pronounced the same but are completely different. Lazy writing, and bad editing (if there was as editor) to let that mistake get through.

Henry Martinez
Posted: Saturday, May 10, 2014 7:16:24 PM

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Thanks thar, I personally missed that completely. Spot on. Damned glad my life didn't depend on seeing that, I'd be in Hell with J Edgar helping him dig up a file on Beelzebub.
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