Matisse’s -The Dance glass Christmas ornament


3 in stock

Hand blown glass ornament of  Henri Matisse’s famous  1909 painting The dance, originally painted for Sergei Shchukin and currently at the Hermitage.  Painted in classic Matisse’s shades it features a group of woman dancing in a circle over a uniquely Matisse bluish shade.

3 in stock


4 1/2″

Round ball glass Christmas ornament after Matisse’s famous painting the Dance.  On blue background (actually Matisse’s blue as many of the shades he used were somewhat different)  a group of  six naked figures in pink (once again, a very Matisse pinkish hue)  is dancing over greenish grass.  The painting reflects Matisse’s fascination with primitive art. The Group of naked figures in shade of pink (and in the version in Russia, deep red) is dancing against the cold blue and green colors of the background. The Dancing group is meant to convey a feeling of emotional freedom and hedonism. There are two versions of the painting.  In 1909 Matisse painted a preliminary version of the work which is currently at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The museum has labeled this version as Dance (I), and in 1910 painted the version at the Hermitage, originally bought by Sergei Shchukin a major patron of Matisse who had it in his house until the Russian. Revolution. Like many of Matisse’s painting it hits a cords with many art lovers probably for its primal message and simplicity.  The image of the dancing figures is reminiscent of the dancing figures in Black 1876  – Oberon, Tatiana and Puck with fairies dancing. It is also said that Igor Stravinsky’s Right of Spring  Dance of Spring is related to Matisse’s Dance. This is debatable, but both works of art do celebrate the spring in primitive times.

The daPolonia glass Christmas ornaments are designed and made in Mia’s studio in Krakow Poland. Steeped in centuries old traditions of glass ornaments making, drawing on the love of art and history, the ornament continues an old tradition of uncompromising quality and artistry.

The ornaments are fully made by Mia, and 100% hand made in the old fashion way. Starting with hand blown shapes and balls, hand silvering, coating with the base coat, and hand painting and glittering. The glitter we use is environmentally safe and is the same glitter used in cosmetics.  All the molds are proprietary created by our own mold maker. In the introduction to the ornament section you can see a video of how one of our ornament is made from scratch in our studio.


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