Henri Matisse

Henri Matisse

Henri Matisse (1869—1954) was one of the great modernists of 20th-century European painting.

Henri Matisse Summary

  • Discovered Impressionism and Vincent van Gogh in 1896 through John Russell
  • Led the Fauvism movement (1904-1908) within which he produced Luxe, Calme et Volupté
  • Met Picasso in 1906, an artist with whom he is often compared
  • Gertrude Stein and her friends Claribel and Etta Cone became major owners of his paintings
  • During the Nazi occupation of France, because of his eminence, he was still allowed to work
  • In his last years begins painting on paper cut-outs (decoupage)

Henri Matisse’s Famous Paintings

  • Woman Reading (1895)
  • Luxe, Calme et Volupté (1904
  • Woman with a Hat (1905)
  • Portrait of Madame Mattise (1905)
  • The Open Window (1905)
  • The Dessert: Harmony in Red (1908)
  • La Danse (1909 & 1910)
  • L’Atelier Rouge (1911)
  • The Plum Blossoms (1948)
  • Beasts of the Sea (1950)

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