Harmony And Harmony In Painting

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Harmony and contrast are the two elements which are imagined differently, explained in a different manner and thought to be in two different directions. As defined harmony is the quality of forming a pleasing and consistent whole irrespective of it being in painting, sculpture, photography, medical or in our day to day life. Through this paper I am trying to understand the harmonious balance created through contrasting colours in paintings in particular. On the other hand contrast is the state of being strikingly different from something else in juxtaposition or close association irrespective of the areas mentioned above. We know the meaning of these two words when we hear them but being aware of it, What is Contrast? The word even when heard…show more content…
Is harmony through contrasting elements by being brought together are present just in nature and no where else? Back in 20th century painting, he was one of the most influential artist of his time, generally considered and categorised an artist of post - impressionist: Paul Cezanne, an inspiration to the modern artist like Henry Matisse and Pablo Picasso. His distinctive approach of forming form not just by lines but by colours and his inquisitive approach to nature, “ Art is a harmony parallel to nature” became influential and pioneer to the art of Cubits and Fauvists. Fauvism, an art movement characterised by paintings that used intensively vivid, non- naturalistic and exuberant colours. Colours with bright appearance were applied next to each other. A canvas of pure bright hues applied with great confidence and visual knowledge that they won't clash when put together. The pioneers of this movement ; Henri Matisse, Andre Derain, Georges Braque and many more have tried to bring out a sense of balance and an art in which the colour spoke to the spirt of the viewer, generating a strong and active state of being with a feel- good…show more content…
As Andre derain said himself "Art must not be intelligent; art is a jouisance, an enjoyment”. He is notably believed to use “colour as a medium of conveying his emotion and not as a impression of nature.” He painted this artwork in Collioure with Matisse trying to show what is feeling through colour, the inner vitality of the objects around him and not exactly painting what he is seeing (non- representational), an emotional response to noticing mountains. Influenced by the divisionist paintings Mountains at Collioure has affable diagonal upward inclination to the right which divides the canvass between largely cool and warm colours of yellows and blues. The bottom of the painting is of warm greens of the grass whereas as the upward section of the leaves of the trees are of a cooler, darker greens, which is in contrast with the bright oranges of the tree trunks and of the mountain slopes. To balance the intensity of the oranges there are shadows of the mountains and a light blues of the sky. A sense of depth is not much created in the painting through space, line or perspective. If one can derive a sense of depth then it is through the usage of warm and cool colors from patches and strokes of light and dark greens, yellows and oranges and through the discrete hues of blues. A sense of balance is accomplished through the

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