Henri Matisse, the Cut-Out Guy

Henri Matisse

Henri Matisse (1869-1954), French artist, painter, and sculptor, was one of the most important influencers and innovators of early 20th century modern art.

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Still Life with Compote, Apples and Oranges, by Henri Matisse

In researching Matisse online, I found so much excellent material that I could not possibly do him justice by giving you a 1000-word summary. Instead, I am providing you a curated group of links to the best of the best articles and videos I came across, as well as some public domain (in the US) images of some of his pieces.

Woman Reading, by Henri Matisse
Odalisque, by Henri Matisse
Nu couché, I (Reclining Nude, I), bronze, by Henri Matisse
La Danse (first version), by Henri Matisse
Woman with a Hat, by Henri Matisse
Portrait of Madame Matisse (The Green Line), by Henri Matisse
Self-Portrait in a Striped T-Shirt, by Henri Matisse

Archival footage of Matisse at work:

And a fascinating one-hour BBC documentary, Becoming Matisse:

I recently discovered, though, that the works I most associate with Matisse, the ones with colorful leaf and petal shapes, are not actually paintings but cut-outs of painted paper.

This article describes Matisse’s cut-out process.

Navigate through these images of Matisse’s cut-outs by using the arrows in the lower right corner of the screen.

Matisse’s final project was building a chapel. To get the full effect, visit it in person. The second-best experience would be to peruse these four links:

About Andrea R Huelsenbeck

Andrea R Huelsenbeck is a wife, a mother of five and a former elementary general music teacher. A freelance writer in the 1990s, her nonfiction articles and book reviews appeared in Raising Arizona Kids, Christian Library Journal, and other publications. She is currently working on a young adult mystical fantasy novel and a mystery.

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