Saturday, May 17, 2008


Brilliant, non-naturalistic colours, applied in a wild fashion. This is my impression of the art movement, Fauvism, that Henri Matisse was associated with.

To get an appreciation of the kind of paintings and artworks produced by Henri Matisse, I would like to point you to a Youtube video put up by sundroid:

The Blockbuster exhibition titled Matisse presented by Wing Tai and the Singapore Tyler Print Institute brings viewers to appreciate another dimension of Henri Matisse's art: not the colours, but how Henri Matisse explored the use of line and tone with lithography.

The exhibition helped me better appreciate the fine draughtsmanship of Henri Matisse. If you happen to be at the exhibition, please take time to notice the simplicity and purity of his line works.

I was lucky to have attended the exhibition walkthrough on 10 May 2008 given by Emi Eu. It gave a useful overview to the exhibition. I was later treated to a 30-minutes lithography demonstration by Eitaro Ogawa.

It was an enriching learning experience to see a demonstration of the lithography technique. I got to see how the oil-based image was drawn onto the limestone with the use of a litho crayon, how the image was 'fixed', and how eventually a impression of the image is being obtained.

Matisse showcases Henri Matisse's prints made from 1922-52. It is now being held at the Singapore Tyler Print Institute from 9 May to 19 Jul 2008.

Gallery Opening Hours :
Tuesday-Saturday: 10am-6pm.
Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays.
Mondays by appointment only.
Admission: Free

Singapore Tyler Print Institute
41 Robertson Quay, Singapore 238236

Tel: (65) 6336 3663
Fax: (65) 6336 3553


Doreen said...

Thanks for sharing. I have never heard of Henri Matisse. Only know Monet and da Vinci. Hahaha, I learn something new today!

oceanskies79 said...

Hi Doreen, I am glad that the post had helped you learn something new. :)