Monday, December 3, 2012

Matisse embraces simplicity

The Economist reflects on two Matisse paintings
this week.
"The exhibition explores Matisse’s experimental process, in which he painted pairs, trios or series of the same subject, re-evaluating and refining his work. He struggled to “strip painting of all inessentials”, to create pure “essence” and to “capture the true matter of things.” It was an emotional, aesthetic and intellectual journey as the artist studied and compared the multiple images he made, rejecting some elements and adopting others as he laboured to become master of his style. This exhibition maps that journey. New York is its final destination, after Paris and Copenhagen. Don’t miss it."
This stripping away of inessentials sounds like what Apple is trying to do, and what Jonathan Ive often describes his process, now embedded in the iPhone and iPad.Simplicity, I found was one of twelve value dimensions in my 3G mobile phone dataset.

See Jony Ive's comments in Objectified, the movie.

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Tim Kastelle said...

Nice post Richard! Strangely, I wrote a post about Matisse, Apple and simplicity earlier this year too:

http://timkastelle.org/blog/2011/12/how-to-make-things-look-simple/

Hope you're doing well.