Henri Matisse was one of the most important pioneers of Classic Modernism and a leading proponent of Fauvism. Even the artists of abstract Expressionism in the USA based themselves on him. All his life, he was preoccupied with drawing; it enabled him to try out new ideas and compo
Galerie Thomas Presents Prints and Drawings by Henri Matisse
In his prints and drawings, Henri Matisse more or less confined himself to a single subject: the female line. “Yet there is no other genre of art that more aptly illuminates his legendary productivity than drawing and printmaking,” says Silke Thomas. Galerie Thomas is presenting nearly fifty prints and drawings by the great French artist who pioneered modernism and was the main exponent of Fauvism.
Matisse: “Drawing Expresses the Particularity of My Feelings.”
Aside from a few still lifes, landscapes, and self-portraits, in his prints and drawings Henri Matisse concentrated on women in portraits and other compositions. As a lifelong, confident, and insatiable graphic artist, Matisse particularly liked emphasising the outlines: "My line drawing is the direct realisation of my feeling and its purest expression. . . . However, these drawings are more complete than those who mistake them for a kind of sketch might think,” said the artist. In addition to drawings and prints, Matisse also produced illustrations for books, magazines, and pamphlets.
Drawing by Other Means
Matisse was a painter, graphic artist, sculptor, and stage designer. He designed an entire chapel in Vence in southern France, including the architecture, murals, stained glass windows, and the priests’ robes. Like his contemporary Picasso, Matisse left behind an immensely varied work. “However, Henri Matisse developed his important graphic oeuvre only after his painting,” says Silke Thomas. “Unlike Picasso or Max Ernst, he deliberately refrained from further expanding the possibilities of this medium.” For him, etching and lithography were always drawing by other means. Matisse: “Sometimes I draw, following my feeling, without caring whether I have enough space for my drawings, because only the rhythm ensures the expression of my drawings.”