Quotes About Color by Henri Matisse

Quotes About Color - "The chief function of color should be to serve expression." ~ Henri Matisse

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“The chief function of color should be to serve expression.” ~Henri Matisse

Quotes About Color by Henri Matisse

“I am as curious about color as one would be visiting a new country, because I have never concentrated so closely on color expression. Up to now I have waited at the gates of the temple.” (quote graphic)

“The use of expressive colors is felt to be one of the basic elements of the modern mentality, an historical necessity, beyond choice.” (quote graphic)

“Purer colors… have in themselves, independently of the objects they serve to express, a significant action on the feelings of those who look at them.” (quote graphic)

“Cutting directly into color reminds me of a sculptor’s carving into stone.” (quote graphic)

“A thimbleful of red is redder than a bucketful.” (quote graphic)

About Henri Matisse

French Painter and Sculptor Henri Matisse (1869-1954)  was a revolutionary and influential artist of the early 20th century, best known for the expressive color and form of his Fauvist style. Over a six-decade career he worked in all media, from painting to sculpture to printmaking. Although his subjects were traditional—nudes, figures in landscapes, portraits, interior views—his revolutionary use of brilliant color and exaggerated form to express emotion made him one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. (excerpt from bio.)

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