6 x 8"
oil on panel
For the letter M, in my series ArtistZ, I had so many choices it frazzled me. Top of my list is Magritte, Modigliani, Matisse, Michelangelo - then there's Miro, Monet, Manet, Millet, Motherwell and on and on. I could do a whole series of M's.
I chose Henri Matisse for this reason - his 1909 version of Dance, which hangs in the Museum of Modern Art, New York. It is one of the paintings that is widely recognized, it is one that really moves people. They stop, they sit on the bench in front of it for a good while - I think they feel the movement, the joy. This 1909 version was a study for a commission, his 1910 Dance II is a bit more defined and richer in skin tones but with the same composition.