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Henri Matisse

French, 1869–1954

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Henri Matisse

French, 1869–1954

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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.
Auction
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
Publication
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
Biography

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.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Auction
High auction record
$81m, Christie's, 2018
User
Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 12 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 27 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 3 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 3 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 3 more
Shows Featuring Henri Matisse
Articles Featuring Henri Matisse
The Visionary Collector Who Transformed Works by Picasso and Matisse into Tapestries
Feb 21st, 2020
The Visionary Collector Who Transformed Works by Picasso and Matisse into Tapestries
Inside the Paris Apartment Where Gertrude Stein Fêted Matisse and Picasso
Jan 3rd, 2020
Inside the Paris Apartment Where Gertrude Stein Fêted Matisse and Picasso
The 10 Best Booths at FIAC
Oct 17th, 2019
The 10 Best Booths at FIAC
Rediscovering the Black Muses Erased from Art History
Oct 9th, 2018
Rediscovering the Black Muses Erased from Art History
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