Henri Matisse

The entire arrangement of my pictures is expressive. The place occupied by the figures, the empty spaces around them, the proportion, all of that has its share. In a picture, every part will be visible and will play it appointed role. Everything that is not useful in a picture is harmful. A work of art must be harmonious in its entirety. Any superfluous detail would replace some other essential detail in the mind of the spectator.

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