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Henri Matisse’s vibrant color palettes, expressive brushstrokes, and flat, graphic forms helped define the aesthetics of Fauvism and the goals of modernism itself. The French artist worked across painting, drawing, printmaking, collage, and sculpture, often focusing on simplified human figures and floral motifs. Matisse occasionally incorporated aspects of classical painting into his practice as he riffed on still lifes and domestic scenes. His work belongs in myriad collections including the Museum of Modern Art, the Tate, and the Guggenheim Museum and has sold for tens of millions on the secondary market. Matisse’s flattened planes and bold colors informed the work of Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and many others. His famous rivalry with Picasso spurred both artists to innovate and shape 20th-century painting.

High auction record
US$80.8m, Christie's, 2018
Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Selected exhibitions
2018
Matisse Drawings: Curated by Ellsworth Kelly from The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation CollectionAmerican Federation of Arts
2017
Matisse in the StudioMuseum of Fine Arts, Boston
2015
THE OASIS OF MATISSEStedelijk Museum Amsterdam
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Poemes de Charles d'Orleans, 1950

Lithograph
11 × 8 in
27.9 × 20.3 cm
Location
Chicago
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Medium

Henri Matisse’s vibrant color palettes, expressive brushstrokes, and flat, graphic forms helped define the aesthetics of Fauvism and the goals of modernism itself. The French artist worked across painting, drawing, printmaking, collage, and sculpture, often focusing on simplified human figures and floral motifs. Matisse occasionally incorporated aspects of classical painting into his practice as he riffed on still lifes and domestic scenes. His work belongs in myriad collections including the Museum of Modern Art, the Tate, and the Guggenheim Museum and has sold for tens of millions on the secondary market. Matisse’s flattened planes and bold colors informed the work of Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and many others. His famous rivalry with Picasso spurred both artists to innovate and shape 20th-century painting.

High auction record
US$80.8m, Christie's, 2018
Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Selected exhibitions (3)
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