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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. With its striking colors and sculptural modeling of the figure, Odalisque couchée aux magnolias is among Matisse’s most famous works — and the most expensive work of his ever sold — depicting Henriette Darricarrère, his muse and favorite model for around seven years, lounging luxuriously in his Nice studio. In pictures like the lithograph Nu Bleu, he explored the expressive power of a body in motion by placing his figures in twisted or contorted poses, transforming their limbs into tangles of color and shape that push figure painting toward abstraction.

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Algue Blanche sur fond Viole
By Henri Matisse
Located in London, GB
Henri Matisse Algue Blanche sur fond Viole, 1960 Original Lithograph unknown edition size not signed 59.4 x 42.9 cm 71 x 51 cm (framed)
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1960s Abstract Henri Matisse

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Lithograph

Plate 15: Un Meuglement Different des Autres (A Moo Different from Others)
By Henri Matisse
Located in Washington, DC
Artist: Henri Matisse Title: Plate 15: Un Meuglement Different des Autres (A Moo Different from Others) Portfolio: Pasiphae Medium: Linocut on Arches vellum Year: 1944 Edition: 200 S...
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1940s Henri Matisse

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Linocut

Still Life With Goldfish I By Henri Matisse
By Henri Matisse
Located in New Orleans, LA
Henri Matisse (1869-1954) French Still Life with Goldfish I Singed "Monotype / Henri Matisse" Monotype on paper (chine collé) This exceptional work of art encapsulates the genius...
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20th Century Post-Impressionist Henri Matisse

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Paper, Monotype

Le Turban by Henri Matisse - Portrait, Ink Drawing
By Henri Matisse
Located in London, GB
*PLEASE NOTE UK BUYERS WILL ONLY PAY 5% VAT ON THIS PURCHASE. Le Turban by Henri Matisse (1869-1954) Pen and India ink on paper 51.5 x 39 cm (20 ¹/₄ x 15 ³/₈ inches) Signed and date...
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1940s Modern Henri Matisse

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Paper, India Ink, Pen

Henri Matisse - Nu Bleu I
By Henri Matisse
Located in Central, HK
Henri Matisse - Nu Bleu I 4-color print on acid-free age-resistant 270g Rives Paper Sheet Size: 80 x 60cm Image Size: 53 x 72.5cm
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2010s Henri Matisse

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Paper

Henri Matisse -- Visage À La Frange
By Henri Matisse
Located in BRUCE, ACT
Henri Matisse Visage À La Frange, 1913 lithograph on japon paper Edition: 34/50 Hand signed with initials and numbered below the image Image size 49.0 x 32.5 cm Frame size 70.0 x 5...
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1910s Henri Matisse

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Lithograph

Teeny - Original linocut, 1938 - Referenced in Duthuit #723
By Henri Matisse
Located in Paris, FR
Henri MATISSE Teeny Original linocut Printed signature in the plate On light wove paper 31 x 24 cm (c. 12.5 x 10 in) REFRENCES : Catalogue raisonne Duthuit #723 From the unsigned, ...
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1930s Modern Henri Matisse

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Linocut

The Dancer, School Prints, Henri Matisse
By Henri Matisse
Located in Auburn Hills, MI
Original Edition Lithograph on English cartridge paper. Edition: 3,000. Inscription: Signed in the plate and unnumbered. Excellent Condition; never framed or matted. Notes: Published...
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1940s Modern Henri Matisse

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Lithograph

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Find a wide variety of authentic Henri Matisse art available for sale on 1stDibs. If you’re browsing the collection of art to introduce a pop of color in 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 art by Henri Matisse in lithograph, etching, linocut 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 inches across are available. Customers who are interested in this artist might also find the work of Paul Gavarni, Leonor Fini, and Raoul Dufy. Henri Matisse art prices can differ depending upon medium, time period and other attributes. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $555 and tops out at $170,000, while the average work can sell for $15,250.
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  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Henri Matisse created Icarus in 1947. It was printed using a stencil technique and was later included among 20 other pieces in his book Jazz. Shop a selection of Matisse’s pieces from some of the world’s top art dealers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 7, 2024
    Some of Henri Matisse's most famous paintings include Le Bonheur de Vivre, Blue Nude (Souvenir de Biskra), Woman with a Hat, Music, The Green Stripe and L'Atelier Rouge. Matisse also worked as a draftsman, printmaker and sculptor. Regardless of what medium he was working in, the French artist was a master of color. Although classically trained at the Académie Julian in Paris, he abandoned traditional techniques and genres to pioneer a style all his own, marked by quick gestural strokes and fluid contours. Find an assortment of Henri Matisse art on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 27, 2024
    Henri Matisse stopped painting due to health concerns. In 1941, the French artist required surgery for cancer and used a wheelchair afterward. The physical limitations of his disability made it difficult for the artist to continue to produce both paintings and sculptures. However, he adapted by cutting shapes from colored paper for creative new works. On 1stDibs, find a selection of Henri Matisse art from some of the world's top dealers and galleries.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Henri Matisse, throughout his decades-long career, had a number of different impacts upon the art world. However, his seminal works in so-called Fauvism (French for ‘wild beast’) set him apart from the start. With strident use of color and seemingly wild brushwork, works from Matisse’s formative periods are among the most highly sought after by collectors. You’ll find a collection of expertly-vetted Matisse pieces from some of the world’s top dealers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 7, 2024
    Henri Matisse's art style is associated with several movements, including Postimpressionism and Fauvism. He was also the leading proponent of Fauvism, a movement with a name 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 the exposed canvas to create a sense of transparency and light. Shop a variety of Henri Matisse art on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Henri Matisse's artistic style is largely classified as Fauvism. His colorful, expressive paintings also helped to influence Expressionist art. Some of the French artist's most famous paintings include Blue Nudes, La Danse and Le Bonheur de Vivre. Find a collection of Henri Matisse on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Henri Matisse's last painting was completed in 1951, and was titled Woman in Yellow Blouse. He also created a piece called The Swimming Pool, in 1952, which featured cutouts of divers and sea creatures in hues of blue. Shop a selection of Henri Matisse pieces from some of the world’s top art dealers on 1stDibs.

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