Posted by Steve Price on January 17, 1999 at 13:06:46:
In Reply to: Similarity? posted by Yon Bard on January 17, 1999 at 11:53:03:
Dear Yon (and Everyone Else),
I have no idea why, but the image of the Kaitag comes up very much darker and with much less contrast between colors than the original or the images from which it is derived. As a result, the small scale motifs are not very obvious, and your reaction to them is exactly what I feared it would be.
Try this, and see if it helps. Pay attention to the small motifs in the Kaitag. Perhaps the easiest one to see is in gold, just to the left of the outermost of the big ovals. There are many others throughout the piece ouside the ovals; the red ones are especially hard to recognize. Next, look at the small motifs in the Matisse print. Do you see the striking similarities in style of drawing that I think I see? If you go to the Matisse link, you'll find a collection of Matisse prints from his "Jazz" portfolio, all done in this style. These were done fairly late in his life, and appear to be of a quite different genre than most of what preceded it.
I'm not suggesting any sort of visual trickery, just tha the low contrast and dark colors that come out in the images make it hard to see the minor motifs.
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