Matisse and Friends Will Excite and Relax

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Henri Matisse is usually considered a member of Impressionism. However, most people don't know that he was the leader of a different group.

Henri Matisse is usually considered a member of Impressionism. However, most people don't know that he was the leader of a different group. The Denver Art Museum brings forth 14 of these paintings from the National Gallery of Art in their new exhibit, Matisse and Friends!

 

When you enter the spacious room, you feel a feeling of calm and friendliness, like the room is inviting you to come in and sit down. The paintings are bright with color, and the armchairs settled around the room feel soft and make you want to stay for a while.

 

This is the feeling for the new exhibit Matisse and Friends at the Denver Art Museum. It is based off 14 works by the artist Henri Matisse, Andre Derain and a host of others.

 

“The paintings are really guests of honor.” says DAM master teacher Danielle St. Peter. “We keep them in the best physical condition.”

 

 There are two rooms, each with different colors and collections of paintings. And by collection, I mean a group of paintings that have similar qualities, like the woman who is the subject of two paintings by Matisse.

 

 My favorite painting was Saida, by Kees van Dongen. I like how this painting was the only one here that was a portrait, while the others were more scenes. I like how you can almost tell what she is thinking, and how the colors aren't the ones any other type of artist would have chosen.

 

 I also like the audio recorders next to the famous Matisse; The Open Window. In it, it tells you to “Listen to your breathing.” This sentence makes you think about how you are breathing, and you realize that this whole time that you were in there, you have been relaxed and your breathing was slow.

 

 This sentence really sums up the whole exhibit, because the point was to let you come into the artist’s world and to relax.

 

The exhibit is a truly wonderful one, and I think that all kids and adults alike will enjoy this awe-inspiring exhibit from the Denver Art Museum!