Abstract Critical

Alan Gouk on Matisse

“The task is to situate sculpturally articulate volumes or planes in circumambient space such that the space circulates around the “figure” and does not lock it into a closed surface, but one which radiates light and air. And even when the space is defined by “solid” planes parallel to or at an angle to the picture’s surface, these planes, however saturated their colour, should remain luminous and add to the total effect of light being created and required for the completed architecture of the picture, the particular seized light of a unique time of day or evening.”

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