But look at the way the arrangement of the elements leads your eye around Fax Lists the painting. In the photo I’ve marked what are to me the strongest directional lines, pushing your eye up from the bottom and back from the edges, around and around to take in everything. Of course it’s possible to see this iFax Lists n other ways, such as up on the right, then across to the left. (Though the way you read a painting is influenced by the direction in which you read text.) Consider how he’s painted the various elements, which are reduced to outlines and which are given prominence. Notice that there are no shadows, but there is a reflected highlight on the Fax Lists glass.
Squint at the painting to see the areas of light tone more clearly, an Fax Lists d how create a unity in the composition. You can't see it in the photo, but the outlines aren't painted on top of the red, Fax Lists but colors underneath the red showing through. (If you're working in watercolor, you'd need to mask out these areas, and with acrylics probably paint it on top given how fast they dry, but with oils you could scratch through to the lower color if that layer were dry.) "Not only did Matisse flood his pictorial space with a flat, monochromatic lakeFax Lists at full saturation, swamping the studio’s oblique angle; in addition he treated everything three-dimensional as nothing more than inscribed contours.
Meanwhile, the only objects allowed full color or modelling Fax Lists come across as conceptually flat by virtue of their being in themselves flat—that is the circular plate in the foreground and the paintings hung on the wall or stacked against it." -- Daniel Wheeler, Art Since Mid-Century, p16. An Autobiographical Painting Famous paintings Matisse "The Red Studio" by Henri Matisse. Painted in 1911. Fax Lists Size: 71" x 7' 2" (approx. 180 x 220 cm). Oil on Canvas. In the collection of Moma, New York. Photo Fax Lists Liane Used with Permission The elements in Red Studio invite you into Matisse’s world. To me the "empty" bit in the foreground reads as floor space, where I’d step to be amongst the things in the studio.