Wednesday, February 25, 2015
the green stripe
I chose The Green Stripe by Henri Matisse. This is an oil on canvas painting done in France in 1905. Matisse painted this unusual painting of his wife with a green line down the center of her face. It is said that this stripe acts as an artificial shadow line, dividing the face with a light side and a dark side. The left side of the face seems to echo the green in the right side of the painting and the right side of the face seems to echo the pink on the left side of the painting. The very visible brush strokes add drama to the painting.