Art Fueling Adventures Of Friendships and Fun!

15 Oct
Dear Readers
“Life is like a road that you travel on, there’s one day here and then next one gone….sometimes you bend, sometimes you stand, sometimes to turn your back to the wind ….not much time left today,”Life is a highway, I want to ride it all night long”… If your going my way I want to drive it all night long…” 
-Rascal Flatts

Just returned home (Cleveland) from a field trip to the MoMA in New York City. Since a friend and I are taking the (MoMA) on-line course we thought it would only be appropriate to see the art we are studying up close and personal as well as other great works of art from different artists….and we were neither wrong nor disappointed in our decision! 
The fifth floor is where we found the collection we are studying and the fourth floor holds houses art ranging from about 1950’s to present. (Please see pictures below)
What Is Fauvism?
“Fauvism is a movement in French painting from c. 1898 to 1906 characterized by a violence of colors, often applied unmixed from commercially produced tubes of paint in broad flat areas, by a spontaneity and even roughness of execution, and by a bold sense of surface design.”
What Does “Fauve” Mean?
“Critic Louis Vauxcelles called Matisse and his cohorts “Fauves,” the French word for “wild beasts,” because of their violent use of color and brushwork.”
Who Were the Fauves? 

“Henri Matisse is the focus of our study of Fauvism. Other Fauves include André Derain, Maurice de Vlaminck, Charles Manguin, Othon Friesz, Jean Puy, Louis Valtat, Kees van Dongen, Georges Rouault, Raoul Dufy, and Georges Braque (before he turned to Cubism with Pablo Picasso.”

-Larissa Bailiff (MoMA) 
OK…Now on to the fifth floor of the MoMA – Matisse and Picasso!
“The Dance”
“The Piano Lesson”
Piano teacher in upper right, Matisse’s son and one of Matisse’s sculpture lower left. A mixture of conformity and sensuality. 
Picasso – Non-Western (African) inspiration
Picasso (1881-1973) – Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (The Young Ladies Avignon – 1907) 
“The work portrays five nude female prostitutes from a brothel on Carrer d’Avinyo’ in Barcelona” – Wikipedia
“Some critics argue that the painting was a reaction to Henri Matisse’s Le bonheur de vivre and Blue Nude.”  Wikipedia
The fourth floor (just a taste)
Triple Disk Red Metal Flake – Black Edge 1966
De Wain Valentine – American, Born 1934
Matisse and Picasso were considered leaders in Modern Art…One can not simply label Matisse so instead they just say…”he was just Matisse.”
“Picasso would one day say…there was only Matisse and me.”
Asklotta and staff will MIND YOUR BUSINESS today with a smile on my face completely immersed in the artistic inspiration of friendships and fun! “Life is a highway, I want to ride it all night long”…
Again, it has been my pleasure to tell you what to do and what NOT to do!
Kindest regards,
President and CEO


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