Le bonheur de vivre
|Type||Oil on canvas|
|Dimensions||176.5 cm × 240.1 cm (69.5 in × 94.75 in)|
|Location||Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|
Le bonheur de vivre (The Joy of Life) is a painting by Henri Matisse. In the central background of the piece is a group of figures that is similar to the group depicted in his painting The Dance. In the picture, there are several nude bodies of women and men in a landscape drenched with color.
According to Hilton Kramer Le bonheur de vivre owing to its long sequestration in the collection of the Barnes Foundation, which never permitted its reproduction in color, is the least familiar of modern masterpieces. Yet this painting was Matisse's own response to the hostility his work had met with in the Salon d'Automne of 1905, a response that entrenched his art even more deeply in the esthetic principles that had governed his Fauvist paintings which had caused a furor and which did so on a far grander scale, too." (The "sequestration" Kramer referred to relates to the very limited hours of the museum, when its collection was located in suburban Merion, PA; in 2012, the collection was moved to a new, more accessible facility in downtown Philadelphia.)
According to James B. Cuno and Thomas Puttfarken the inspiration for the work was Agostino Carracci's engraving of Reciproco Amore or Love in the Golden Age after the similarly named painting by the 16th-century Flemish painter Paolo Fiammingo. Based on the many similarities with the engraving, in particular its theme of pastoral fantasy and its composition with the circle of dancers in the background, Cuno came to the conclusion that Carracci's engraving had a decisive influence on the final composition of Le Bonheur de Vivre.
- Kramer, Hilton, The Triumph of Modernism: The Art World, 1985-2005, 2006, Reflections on Matisse, p.162. ISBN 0-15-666370-8
- James B. Cuno, Matisse and Agostino Carracci: A Source for the Bonheur de Vivre, The Burlington Magazine, Vol. 122, No. 928, Special Issue Devoted to Twentieth Century Art (Jul., 1980), pp. 503-505
- Thomas Puttfarken, Mutual Love and Golden Age: Matisse and ‘gli Amori de’ Carracci, Burlington Magazine 124 (Apr. 1982): 203-208.
- Andrew Graham-Dixon, The Dance by Henri Matisse
- Barnes Foundation, Le Bonheur de vivre
- Le bonheur de vivre (The Joy of Life) retrieved December 26, 2007
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