I should say right here and now seeing that this is my first review that I’m no art expert and I won’t pretend to be one either.
Now with that out of the way I give to you Henri Matisse’s The Red Studio. Art historians have called Matisse one of the great colorists of the 20th century. They also claim that “The Red Studio” is one his best examples of this talent. Well there certainly is a great deal of one color in this painting and you would have to be color blinded not to know which one.
Now for me as a fan of art in general I’ve always had a thing for having the painting be totally balanced. If even the tiniest thing is off in the painting then for me the painting does not work. What doesn’t work for me in this painting is there is to much red in it. Yes I’m sure that this is what Matisse was going for when he painted this painting but for me there’s to much red. It just looks and feels like Matisse had done a traditional painting of a studio and then as an afterthought decided to paint red around all the objects in the studio. What we are left with is a bunch of objects in a big red void. One thing I do fine interesting and can appreciate is the fact that Matisse has taken the time to include other paintings within the overall painting.
So all in all I can’t say I’m not a fan of this painting because there’s just to much red in it and it doesn’t feel balanced to me at all.
At the same time however there is one notable instance that I remember very well where a great deal of red did work.