Skip to main content

Henri Matisse

French, 1869-1954

Whether working as a draftsman, a sculptor, a printmaker or a painter, Henri Matisse was a master of color. Although classically trained at the Académie Julian, in Paris, he quickly abandoned traditional techniques and genres to pioneer a style all his own, marked by quick, gestural strokes and fluid contours.

Along with fellow painter André Derain, Matisse was the leading proponent of Fauvism, a movement whose name is derived from the French word for "wild beast.” Marked by vibrant hues, Fauvist paintings like Matisse’s famous 1906 composition Le Bonheur de vivre use wild, active brushstrokes and a palette unconstrained by nature, resulting in women with purple skin and trees with orange leaves. Often, these compositions unite pure color with the white of exposed canvas to create a sense of transparency and light.

In addition to masterful landscapes and still lifes, Matisse loved to paint erotic subjects, particularly the female nude. Rejecting strict realism, he distilled the form into its essential parts and then translated these into voluptuous, rounded contours. In pictures like the lithograph Nu Bleu, he explored the expressive power of a body in motion by placing his figures in twisted or conrtorted poses, transforming their limbs into tangles of color and shape that push figure painting toward abstraction.

Find original Henri Matisse art on 1stDibs.

Average Sold Price
$3,656
Styles
Materials
Related Artists
2015 Henri Matisse 'Le Buisson II' Modernism Black & White France Lithograph
By Henri Matisse
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Paper Size: 33.5 x 26.75 inches ( 85.09 x 67.945 cm ) Image Size: 25.25 x 25.25 inches ( 64.135 x 64.135 cm ) Framed: No Condition: A: Mint Additional Details: Published by Mae...
Category

2010s Henri Matisse

Materials

Lithograph

Nude Lying Down - Original etching - edition of 117 - Stamp-Signed
By Henri Matisse
Located in Paris, FR
Henri MATISSE Nu Allongé Original drypoint, 1929 Stamp-signed with the artist's monogram, as issued Edition of 117 copies (unnumbered) On Arches vellum, 24,5 x 31 cm (c. 9,6 x 12,2 ...
Category

1920s Henri Matisse

Materials

Etching

Model with Long Hair - Original linocut, 1943 - Referenced in Duthuit #9
By Henri Matisse
Located in Paris, FR
Henri MATISSE Model with Long Hair Original linocut On light vellum 32 x 24.5 cm (c. 12.59 x 9.4 in) REFRENCES : Catalogue raisonne Duthuit #9 Excellent condition
Category

1940s Modern Henri Matisse

Materials

Linocut

Henri Matisse "Dancer Lying (Danseuse Etendue), c. 1927
By Henri Matisse
Located in Hinsdale, IL
Duthuit-Garnaud 488 From the Portfolio of Ten Lithographs: “Dix Danseuses (ten dancers)” Lithograph on wove paper, c. 1927 Hand-signed and numbered in pencil in lower margin Impress...
Category

1920s Fauvist Henri Matisse

Materials

Lithograph

Henri Matisse - Dancer on Wooden Armchair (Danseuse au Fauteuil en Bois), 1927
By Henri Matisse
Located in Hinsdale, IL
Duthuit-Garnaud 483 From the Portfolio of Ten Lithographs: “Dix Danseuses (ten dancers)” Lithograph on wove paper, c. 1927 Hand-signed and numbered in pencil in lower margin Impressi...
Category

1920s Fauvist Henri Matisse

Materials

Lithograph

1990 Henri Matisse 'Femme a L’Amphore' Modernism France Serigraph
By Henri Matisse
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Paper Size: 26 x 10 inches ( 66.04 x 25.4 cm ) Image Size: 26 x 10 inches ( 66.04 x 25.4 cm ) Framed: No Condition: A-: Near Mint, very light signs of handling Additional Detai...
Category

1990s Henri Matisse

Materials

Screen

Nu au fauteuil sur fond moucharabieh
By Henri Matisse
Located in London, GB
Henri Matisse Nu au fauteuil sur fond moucharabieh 1925 Lithograph on Arches vellum paper, Edition of 50 Paper size: 65.5 x 50 cms (25 3/4 x 19 5/8 ins) Image size: 54 x 44 cms (21 1...
Category

1920s Modern Henri Matisse

Materials

Lithograph

Grande masque
By Henri Matisse
Located in London, GB
Henri Matisse Grande Masque 1948 Aquatint on Marais paper, Edition of 25 Paper size: 65.5 x 50 cms (25.8 x 19.7 ins) Image size: 43.3 x 34.8 cms (17 x 13 3/4 ins) HM16353 Matisse (1...
Category

1940s Modern Henri Matisse

Materials

Aquatint

  • Grande masque
  • Grande masque
H 25.79 in. W 19.69 in.
Browse all Art from Henri Matisse
Shop Now

Galleries Featuring Henri Matisse

Georgetown Frame Shoppe
5 / 5
Bernard Jacobson Gallery
4.8 / 5
Dinan & Chighine
No Reviews Yet
Christopher-Clark Fine Art
5 / 5
Andrew Weiss Gallery
5 / 5
Marlborough Graphics
5 / 5
Galerie Philia Fine Art
4.9 / 5

Artists Similar to Henri Matisse

Henri Matisse art for sale on 1stDibs

1stDibs offers a wide variety of authentic Henri Matisse art for sale. If you're looking for art to add a pop of color to a neutral corner of your living room or bedroom, you can find work that includes elements of orange, purple, yellow and other colors. You can also browse by medium to find Henri Matisse's art in lithograph, linocut, etching and more. Much of the original work by this artist or collective was created during the 20th Century and is mostly associated with the Modern style. Not every interior allows for large Henri Matisse art, so small editions measuring 4.730000019073486 inches across are available. Customers who are interested in this artist might also find the work of Bernard Buffet, Mino Maccari and Jean Cocteau. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $50 and tops out at $245,000, while the average work can sell for $2,500..
Questions About Henri Matisse
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    A Matisse painting is typically worth anywhere from a few thousand dollars to $1 million, on average. Matisse's “L'Odlisque, harmonie bleue” fetched $33.6 million dollars at auction. Therefore, the price of a Matisse painting can vary depending on period, condition, and style.
  • If it's an original Matisse painting it would cost many millions of dollars. Even the simple sketches are worth hundreds of thousands and are highly collected. His pencil drawings are the most affordable of his originals and are priced in the tens of thousands to the hundreds of thousands depending on the importance of the piece.