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Matisse’s dance

Henri Matisse was a french artist who is believed to be the most important french painter of the twentieth century. He was born on 31st of December in 1869 in the north of France, and he died on 3rd of November in 1954 in Nice. During his 85 years of life he left a great impact in the world of art, firstly as a painter but also as a sculptor and collagist.

When he was 22 years old he left his career as a lawyer and left to Paris to study art, this makes him a follower of his soul, or a soulseeker, as we like to say. Henri was the founder of an artistic period called Fauvism which was the first revolution of art in the twentieth century.

The name of the period – Fauvism came from the comment of one journalist who called Matisse and his contemporaries Les Fauves – wild animals. This was his try to offend them with sarcasm and insults, however what he said became and remained the official name of the movement.

Next to his unique drawing technique, what dominates his art are vivid, always present and strong – colors. The way in which Matisse decided what colors he would put in his composition often had no connection to the actual color of objects in reality but with his personal feeling.

What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter – a soothing, calming influence on the mind, rather like a good armchair which provides relaxation from physical fatigue.
– Anri Matis

Matisse’s Dance was painted in 1910 by the order of a russian businessman and art enthusiast Sergei Shchukin. The first version of Dance, Matisse painted in 1909 as a study for the final version. This painting came as a painter’s understanding that with the occurrence of photography, he doesn’t have to worry about details as much anymore because the detail as such became the constituent part of a photograph, that’s why he went back to basic elements: line, color and form. Dance is an ode to life, happiness, letting go of the physical and became an amblem of contemporary art.

It is only after years of preparation that the young artist should touch color – not color used descriptively, that is, but as a means of personal expression.
– Anri Matis

This painting also inspired us to create. Inspiration could often be found in the message that somebody is sending, Dance in the artistic sense gives us a natural fluidity and a dynamic of the move, in a figurative sense, this painting sends a message of happiness, relaxation, enjoyment and love of life.

That’s exactly we found it so important to send you that message trough our ZAGA x Matisse collection.

From our collection inspired by Matisse, you can choose between our t-shirts and sweatshirts, but also oversized summer dresses that make an ideal option for your urban city life. Matisse inspired pieces are still available on our web shop and you can easily find on the following link:

All of our prints are designed by different graphic artists, the drawing of Matisse’s dance was presented by a local artist Ivan Mesaros. Accentuated pink line on the first dancer draws a parallel to the neon colors we often use in our design which makes our brand recognizable.

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