Henri Matisse is considered one of the most influential and experimental artists of the 20th century—perhaps only matched by Pablo Picasso and Marcel Duchamp. His use of color to denote shape and form, and his desire to produce serene pieces that could be appreciated by all was incredibly radical and far-reaching for the time in which he was working.
Born in 1869 in the industrial area of Northern France, Henri Matisse was a quiet… Read more
About the artwork
In the final years of his life, Matisse invented the cut-out, an entirely new art form. Using sheets of paper painted with gouache, he used scissors to cut a variety of shapes and arranged them into lively compositions. True creation, the artist believed, was only achieved by the synthesis of instinct and intellect guided by discipline, and this new techniques allowed him to finally solve the problems of form and space, outline and colour that had consumed him throughout his working life.