|The studies comprised in the work of Joseph
Matar are so many that they are not easily catalogued. Joseph Matar
passes whole days and nights, drawing and making tentative sketches
with pencils, pastels, pen-and-ink or ball pens. Studies, researches
and outlines all seem part of the air he breathes but in fact are
fundamental to his investigations. He draws with the same facility
that he writes.
The ideas repeated in dimensional shape and conceived in lines,
forms and ensembles, all the paintings of Joseph Matar, are executed
through a series of studies, compositions and variations. The poems
composed by the artist are developed in the same way. Everything
begins with a study, a line, a sketch, the infrastructure of every
work. These studies are greatly varied. The compositions of human
forms, landscapes, historical themes, boats, portraits, still-lifes
of every kind, in all these the language of lines reaches its climax.
A line flows from his fingers like water, an outline full of character
which sums up how the artist conceives the form, as a communication
to be drawn or painted. This is the advance plan which is to express
the thrust, the foundations, the conceptions, the rhymes and the
broad outlines, in fact the unity of the work. Any study by Joseph
Matar is vibrant and sings, addressing itself to the soul and foretelling
the future masterpiece. The studies themselves are full of movement,
of life and of light.