Matisse using bold colors and a compromised picture plane.

Henri Matisse (1869-1954) was a French painter, sculptor, and printmaker and one of the most influential modernists of the 20th century. He is known for his still lifes and nudes. Here I’ve featured some of his still lifes to compare with one done by an artist in our inventory, Harold Cohn (American 1908-1982). Click here to view the work: Harold Cohn.

In the 1890s Matisse studied in Paris as a pupil of Gustave Moreau at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. He became the primary figure in the group of artists known as the Fauves. The emphasis of strong color and thick application of paint in place of representational values characterized this group.

From the 1920s until his death, Matisse spent much of his time in the south of France, painting in a more traditional manner yet retaining his intense color palette. Unlike many artists, he was internationally popular during his lifetime, enjoying the favor of collectors, art critics, and the younger generation of artists.

See these exhibitions to learn more about Matisse:
The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
February 28 – June 3, 2012

Matisse: Odds and Evens
The Pompidou Centre, Paris
March 7 – June 18, 2012

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