Art improves our quality of life. It gives us immense pleasure and relief from stress. Although I am fond of traditional paintings, now I have been finding myself enjoying modern art more and more.
I learned about the interesting modern art and history at the Musée Matisse in Nice, France. Henri Matisse (1869-1954) is widely regarded as the greatest colorist of the 20th century, and one of the most influential modern artists along with those of Pablo Picasso.
Initially trained as a lawyer, Matisse developed an interest in painting and moved to Paris to study art in 1891. His brazenly colored paintings between 1900 and 1905 brought him the leader of the Fauves (wild beasts) and he pursued the expressiveness of color throughout his career. In 1917, Matisse relocated to a suburb of Nice on the French Riviera. He spent much of his later life until his death- some 37 years – in or around Nice, where he loved best for the sun and special light. Matisse won him recognition as one of the undisputed masters of 20th century art by the expressive language of color and drawing.
Another good example of colorful works are Mexicanart. Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) employed a native folk art into her many portraits, self-portraits and works. Now her colorful, bold art and self-portraits are known across the world. Frida is an inspiration to many – for her passions and displaying throughout her difficult life.
The fascination of the modern art is not only in exhibits at museums, it also has influences in our daily life. Beautiful works of art and their brilliant colors are everywhere around us, even we may not realize them at first. Imagine how beautiful Picasso Pillows, cushions and handbags are in St Paul de Vance of France. Surrounded by the cheerful South American music and the colorful Mexican paintings dinning at the Old town of San Diego, I certainly feel joyful!