Saturday, 20 September 2014

Friends and rivals - Matisse and Picasso, 1901 to 1909


Matisse 1901 - 1909 (Left) / Picasso 1901 - 1909 (Right)

In 1906 Matisse met Picasso.The two became lifelong friends as well as rivals and are often compared.  Read clockwise, these colour timelines chart the progress of each artist's colour palette from 1901 -1909.

I've selected thirty oil paintings by each artist and used custom software to extract the four most predominant colours from each one. The colours are presented as bar charts which I've arranged end-to-end, in chronological order. 

Can you identify Picasso's infamous 'blue period'?

Matisse - 20cm W x 25cm H fine art inkjet print on smooth 225gsm white archival cotton paper. Signed and numbered limited edition of 35. £38 including international shipping.

Picasso - 20cm W x 25cm H fine art inkjet print on smooth 225gsm white archival cotton paper. Signed and numbered limited edition of 35. £38 including international shipping.

If you are interested in this concept and would like to make your own using any set of images then keep an eye on my Colourstory project on twitter. 

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