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Henri Matisse’s 1910 “The Dance” is an iconic work of early-twentieth century modernism. With a profound interest in the works of Van Gogh and Gauguin, Matisse developed his own unique visual style honed by a re-tuned sense of spatial awareness, related to an experiential relation to forms and colors. All of Matisse’s works were drawn from moments witnessed and processed with a kind of painterly synesthesia — the phenomenon whereby two or more sensory experiences overlap. His inspiration for “The Dance” came from watching a band of fisherman enacting a folk dance, the Sardana, in Catalonia. Rather than aiming to capture a faithful depiction of the event, Matisse instead hoped to portray the dynamic energy and collaborative unity of "The Dance"rs’ collective movements. The result is a rhythmic celebration of the endurance of folk traditions, the forceful, elemental power of group dance, and the expressive power of color to articulate multi-sensory experience. Originally commissioned in 1909 by the influential Russian patron Sergei Shchukin, the piece was intended to decorate the interior of Shchukin’s home, alongside another piece Music, which was commissioned at the same time. Both paintings are often used to illustrate Igor Stravinsky’s seminal ballet ‘The Rite of Spring’ which followed three years later. Like Stravinsky’s hallowed piece, Matisse’s pair of paintings of the intoxicated ceremony of a group of fisherman is a revelatory work of modernism and music. By translating the sensory experience of rhythmic movement and dance onto the canvas, Matisse paved the way for the boundless experimentation that would follow in the 1920s through painting, cinema, and sculpture.
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Every item is made-to-order and assembled in-house by our team, using only premium materials...cuz we're a little OCD about art.
All of our premium materials are sourced from the states, and then assembled at iCanvas, in Illinois. Lincoln would be proud.
All of our artwork comes gallery wrapped. The image is stretched around the sides and stapled to the back of the wooden frame. Your piece of art will be ready to hang, and will include an easy-to-use hanging kit.
A little “armor for your art” that won‘t obscure the canvas. Your canvas print is gallery wrapped and mounted to a 2" thick, elegant, black hard wood frame. The art is inset, leaving a 3/8" space between the art and frame, creating the illusion that your art is “floating.”
Draw their eyes into the art with a classic frame. Your canvas print will be gallery wrapped and then carefully encased with a contemporary black hard wood frame. Only available for select .75" thick sizes.
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The best quality canvas for texture and finish; premium inks for vivid color; hand-stretched over 100% North American pine frames.
Every item is made-to-order — printed, stretched, and stapled here, at iCanvas.