Henri Matisse (1869-1954) attached fundamental importance to his drawings, in particular to the famous Themes et Variations series. These were accomplished following a precise method, starting with arduous life studies and evolving into brilliant spontaneous drawings. A 1946 archival documentary film showing the artist drawing four portraits of his grandson Gerard was shot in such a way as to allow the present author to undertake a detailed eye-hand interaction analysis of the drawing process.
It was found that Matisse’s temporal working rhythm and use of motor memory resulted in a more direct approach than that used by most painters. Taken together with remarks the artist made throughout his lifetime, these results provide a cognitive interpretation of his drawing method.
|Type of Research:||Article|
|Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed:||drawing, observation, matisse, portraits, hand eye, cognitive interpretation|
|Publisher/Broadcaster/Company:||MIT Press Journals|
|Your affiliations with UAL:||Research Centres No Longer Active > Sensory Computer interface Research and Innovation for the Arts (SCIRIA)|
Colleges > Camberwell College of Arts
|Digital Object Identifier:||doi:10.1162/leon.2009.42.5.433|
|Deposited By:||INVALID USER|
|Deposited On:||07 Oct 2009 16:30|
|Last Modified:||31 May 2013 12:00|