An Example Of Matisse's The Casbah Gate

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As stated by Plagens (1990), Matisse is unmatched by fellow modernists in his ability to convey realism, his artistic expertise enabling the observer to take part in the images he created, discerning the fruity aroma wafting from his still life and the flurry of air emanating from his scenic vistas. Vital responses if you accept these sensory reactions amplify a painting's verisimilitude. An example of Matisse's skill in producing paintings that felt real is "The Casbah Gate". Using vibrant colours and an energetic grey contour, his depiction of the Bab el Aassa gateway which neighbours the sovereign's grand residence, and a fine-drawn sentry or bowaab on guard, proclaim the spirit of a Tangier's afternoon.

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