Thursday, January 17, 2008

"The Red Studio" by Matisse at MoMA

The dramatic colors of Henri Matisse's "The Red Studio" struck artist Jay Rolfe when he saw this painting at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC. The red is vivid, if unrealistic - the wall, floor, table, chairs, and clock are all the same color with just an outline and decoration in a contrasting color. This was painted in 1911 in his studio in Issy near Paris, which was not really red. So you can see why his work was considered controversial at that time (and we hear some people question it even today). Artist Jay Rolfe likes vivid color, and this painting has grown on him. Jay Rolfe now sees the red as a great contrast to the paintings, sculptures, and ceramics around the studio.

That's the latest step of artist Jay Rolfe on his Journey From Starving Artist To 21st Century Picasso. You may view some of Jay Rolfe's Unique Artistic Idea, his Hyper Representational 3-D Shaped Stretched Canvas paintings, on his website at Artist Jay Rolfe uses vibrant color, 3-D, recognizable shape, and huge size to reveal beauty, touch emotion in a positive way, and create an Uplifting Conversation Piece.

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