The liberation of colour.
Henri Matisse revolutionized the use of colour in art. He started the Fauvist movement which stemmed from the Post Impressionist movement. He manipulated colour to create the 3D effect of his art instead of drawing lines or shading.
For the first time ever, Matisse’s works were exhibited in Africa this year. The exhibition was in Johannesburg, my hometown so I was incredibly privileged to go and see it.
It’s a common opinion about Matisse’s works that anyone could do it. But the point is that no one else did. Matisse was so conceptually innovative and he broke down barriers in all of his works. He gave future artists inspiration and the courage to reject everything conventional.