Henri Matisse (1869 - 1954)
November 3, 2024 - 70th anniversary of death
Henri Émile Benoît Matisse, 31 December 1869 – 3 November 1954, French painter, draughtsman, printmaker and sculptor.
Matisse is commonly regarded, along with Pablo Picasso, as one of the artists who best helped to define the revolutionary developments in the visual arts throughout the opening decades of the twentieth century.
The intense use of colour in works he painted between 1900 and 1905 brought him notoriety as one of the Fauves (wild beasts).
After 1930, he adopted a bolder simplification of form. When ill health in his final years prevented him from painting, he created an important body of work in the medium of cut paper collage.
His mastery of the expressive language of colour and drawing, displayed in a body of work spanning over a half-century, won him recognition as a leading figure in modern art.