Elements of Art and Principles of Design
February 21, 2013
The Joy of Life
During the year of 1905 an artist by the name of Henri Matisse created a beautiful master piece and called “The Joy of Life”. In this artwork the artist used the different elements of art such as color, line, and space to make the piece more appealing to the audience. To develop a sense of design the artist used the principles of design contrast and emphasis to catch the eye of the viewers. This media is from the tenth edition Prebles’ ARTFORMS book on page 356. The artist Henri Matisse uses the elements of Art color, line, and space to capture the viewer’s attention. This artwork’s setting is environmental, and the artist uses the element of are color to express that. He uses the warm analogous colors orange and yellow also the secondary cool color green to make up the background for the middle left side of the piece. It looks like it could be a combination of different types of leaf colors. Each of these colors was in their pure form. Another example of the usage of the element of art color is the use of subtractive color on the women in the middle of the artwork; both of their skin tones are white and it looks as if the sun is shining on them. The next element of art used was line. On the left side of the piece there is a thick, long diagonal line. Another line is the thick, curvy line located on the right side of the artwork. The last element used is space. The artist creates an illusion of space by using diminishing scale. Matisse did this by making the group of people located in the far back of the piece smaller than the people that are directly in the front of the artwork. Another example of space is the horizon line dividing the sky and the yellow ground. To make his artwork speak to the viewers, the artist Henri Matisse uses the design principles contrast and emphasis. The use of contrast takes place in the center...