A Fauvist Analysis of Self by Lisa Saeboe
Henri Matisse’s paintings have served as consistent visuals throughout my childhood, yet it was only recently that I decided to study his work and understand his rather peculiar aesthetic. Initially, I found his work rather displeasing and I simply did not fathom his abrupt and harsh use of colors.
Yet after reading several of his essays, I truly realized his seamless intent. Matisse was quoted saying, “I feel through colour, so it is through it that my canvas will always be organized. Yet the feelings ought to be concentrated and the means used brought to their maximum expression”.
He offered a new understanding and dimensionality through self-expression that I felt very inspired to emulate. Rather than focusing on the form of the photograph, I wished to convey my sentiments through colors, thus the creation of A Fauvist Analysis of Self. It was an incredibly pure and refreshing new way of expressing myself, freeing myself from the inclination to over-conceptualize. It’s amazing how investigating an artist’s reflections of their own work can inspire your own.