The Lagoon 2 (c.1947; France) by Henri Matisse

The Lagoon 2 - Henri Matisse - c.1947; France

Artwork Information

TitleThe Lagoon 2
ArtistHenri Matisse
Datec.1947; France
Dimensions42.2 x 32.8 cm
Art MovementAbstract Expressionism
Current LocationNational Gallery of Australia (NGA), Canberra, Australia

About The Lagoon 2

“The Lagoon 2,” crafted by Henri Matisse circa 1947 in France, is a distinguished work of paper medium that belongs to the genre of illustration. This artwork, a part of the ‘Jazz Book’ series, embraces the Abstract Expressionism movement and measures 42.2 by 32.8 centimeters. Currently, it resides at the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) in Canberra, Australia.

The artwork exudes the vitality and boldness characteristic of Matisse’s later works with its vibrant, unmodulated colors and the rhythmic arrangement of organic shapes. It features a simplified visual language of curved and undulating forms that suggest an abstract representation of a lagoon ecosystem. The composition contrasts warm pink and cool blue hues, segmented by lines of black and white that impart a sense of movement and fluidity. The play of colors and forms creates an impression of depth and dynamism, providing the viewer with both a sense of harmony and energetic contrast. Overall, “The Lagoon 2” is a testament to Matisse’s ingenuity in using color and shape to evoke emotional resonance without relying on representational accuracy.

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