LIGHTEN UP THE ONE ABOVE JUST A TINY BIT, AND ADD BELOW NEW IMAGE TITLED “WHITE
objects vary in shape and color. Is there a rhythm within the composition?
Not really. Objects seem to be loosely placed within that room. However, the
use of high value white or higher values of red (pink) keep the viewer’s eye
moving around the composition, forcing us to survey his collection.
Obviously, the artist manipulated the color, line, shapes, and spatial format
in order to amplify his narrative motivation. What would this be? He wanted
the viewer to “see” that his studio is energized and dynamic, mostly through
the energizing power of hot red.
While Matisse’s representation is expressive in intent, deviating from
true representation, monochromatic schemes for interior design exist. The
above photo of the interior of the Howell home in Washington demonstrates a
designer’s use of color and composition to create a harmonious living space.
Everything is within the gray scale – high value white to dark white to light
gray to dark gray to black. Only the warm color of the fire in the antique
stove provides contrast. Balance: one couch is on the left and one to the
right. The one to the right is larger providing variety, yet the unit whose
back we see at the bottom right of the photo is balance by the box for
firewood near the wall at the upper left. The painting on the left wall
balances in size and verticals, horizontals and circular shapes with the
ceramics and other objects on the glass bookcase. Also note the frame of the
windows and relation to the pieces of furniture, the patterns on the black
and white ceramics with the rug. Every unit has a counterpart somewhere else;
yet, each object is unique in its own right.