Matisse is widely remembered for his use of color in paintings. However, the artist has another facet that is scarcely known to the greater public: his graphic works that include linocut prints. These works on paper reveal the expressive value that the artist gave to the color black with respect to other colors. The white lines on the black background allow figures to emerge from the page, outlining through contrast the «luminosity» of this color as if it were a photographic negative.
Lines synthesized the volumes of these works in the absence of tonal gradation. Whereas the details exemplify the interdisciplinary capacity of Matisse, in which the apparent simplicity of his gaze is made visible through painting, drawing, collage, and sculpture.
On the occasion of the exhibition of this artist at the Fundación Canal, we invite everyone to experiment with images, to experiment with the contrast, light, form, and gestures. Some excessive possibilities include creating backlit images, capturing silhouettes to simply volumes, incorporating shadows as a symbolic and conceptual feature, or using white as black and black as white. Play with differences or explore how gestures and pictorial elements come together using black to generate intimate, elegant, mysterious or captivating images. The theme is entirely free, but the color black must be the predominating element of the image to reveal its emotional power.
The jury, selected by PHotoESPAÑA and the Fundación Canal, will select one 1st prize and two honorable mentions for the best photographs.
Soon more information available about the online contest.