Henri Matisse

French, 1869-1954

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Henri Matisse

French, 1869-1954

23,133
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Established Representation
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$81m Auction Record

Henri Matisse was a leading figure of Fauvism and, along with Pablo Picasso, one of the most influential artists of the modern era. In his paintings, sculptures, and works on paper, Matisse experimented with vivid colors, Pointillist techniques, and reduced, flat shapes. “What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity, devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter,” he once said; his subjects of choice included nudes, dancers, still lifes, and interior scenes. Matisse’s animated brushwork and seemingly arbitrary application of bright colors, as in Woman with a Hat (1905), would prove foundational to Fauvism, while his similarly radical The Red Studio (1911) was a seminal, nearly monochromatic study in perspective. Later in life, physically debilitated, Matisse would turn to making bold, cut-paper collages. He has influenced a wide range of important 20th-century painters, from Hans Hofmann and Milton Avery to Tom Wesselmann and David Hockney.

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Represented by industry leading galleries.
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High auction record
$81m, Christie's, 2018
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Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 12 more
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 27 more
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Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 3 more
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Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 3 more
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Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 3 more
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