Henri Matisse Art

Henri Matisse (France, 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 pushfigure painting toward abstraction.

A Thousand and One Nights Print
A Thousand and One Nights Print
Henri Matisse
1970s Abstract Abstract Prints
Lithograph
Matisse print for the Museum of Art - Carnegie Institute - Pittsburg for their exhibition "A Thousand and One Nights" in 1974. Dimensions without the frame: 53.75 in. W x 28 in. H ...
Teeny - Original linocut, 1938 - Referenced in Duthuit #723
Teeny - Original linocut, 1938 - Referenced in ...
Henri Matisse
1930s Modern Portrait Prints
Linocut
Henri MATISSE Teeny Original linocut Printed signature in the plate On light vellum 31 x 24 cm (c. 12.5 x 10 in) REFRENCES : Catalogue raisonne Duthuit #723 Excellent condition
Henri Matisse - Young Man - Original Etching
Henri Matisse - Young Man - Original Etching
Henri Matisse
1940s Modern Portrait Prints
Etching
Henri Matisse - Young Man - Original Etching Printed Signature Publication information : Alternance, Paris, Le Gerbier, 1946 Edition of 340 Reference: Duthuit-Garnaud 268; MATISSE'S...
Repos sur la banquette
Repos sur la banquette
Henri Matisse
1920s Modern Figurative Prints
Vellum, Lithograph
Lithograph on Arches Vellum paper, Edition of 50 Paper size: 49.5 x 65.5 cms (19 1/2 x 25 3/4 ins) Image size: 44.5 x 54.5 cms (17 1/2 x 21 1/2 ins)
Buste de jeune fille, les bras croisés
Buste de jeune fille, les bras croisés
Henri Matisse
1920s Impressionist Portrait Prints
Lithograph
Lithograph on Japon paper, Edition of 50 Paper size: 35 x 27.8 cms (13 3/4 x 11 ins) Image size: 18.6 x 12.8 cms (7 1/2 x 5 ins)
Florentine
Florentine
Henri Matisse
1930s Impressionist Portrait Prints
Linocut
Linocut on Daragnès paper, Edition of 25 Paper size: 52 x 33 cms (20 1/2 x 13 ins) image size: 18.5 x 14.3 cms (7 5/8 x 5 5/8 ins)
Intérieur, la lecture
Intérieur, la lecture
Henri Matisse
1920s Impressionist Portrait Prints
Lithograph
Lithograph on Chine paper, Edition of 50 Paper size: 39 x 31 cms (15.4 x 12.2 ins) Image size: 27.2 x 19 cms (11 5/8 x 7 1/2 ins)
Tête penchée et Bocal de Poissons
Tête penchée et Bocal de Poissons
Henri Matisse
1920s Impressionist Portrait Prints
Etching
Etching on Chine appliqué on Arches Velin paper, Edition of 25 Paper size: 28.5 x 38 cms (11 1/4 x 15 ins) Plate size: 14.9 x 19.6 cms (5 7/8 x 7 5/8 ins)
Nu assis, chevelure claire
Nu assis, chevelure claire
Henri Matisse
1920s Impressionist Nude Prints
Lithograph
Lithograph on Japon paper, Edition of 50 Paper size: 43.7 x 28.1 cms (17.2 x 11.1 ins) Image size: 39.1 x 23.7 cms (15 3/8 x 9 1/4 ins)
Marguerite III
Marguerite III
Henri Matisse
1940s Impressionist Portrait Prints
Lithograph
Lithograph on Arches Velin paper, Edition of 25 Paper size: 45 x 32 cms (17 5/8 x 12 5/8 ins) Image size: 30 x 22.8 cms (11 3/4 x 9 ins)
Nu, odalisque au coffret
Nu, odalisque au coffret
Henri Matisse
1920s Impressionist Figurative Prints
Lithograph
Lithograph on Arches Velin paper, Edition of 50 Paper size: 50.6 x 66 cms (19 7/8 x 26 ins) Image size: 45.4 x 54 cms (17 7/8 x 21 1/4 ins)
Orientale à la croix trifoliée
Orientale à la croix trifoliée
Henri Matisse
1920s Impressionist Portrait Prints
Lithograph
Lithograph on Arches Velin paper, Edition of 50 Paper size: 65 x 50.5 cms (25 1/2 x 19 7/8 ins) Image size: 54.3 x 45 cms (21 3/8 x 17 3/4 ins)
Fillette
Henri Matisse
1940s Impressionist Portrait Prints
Lithograph
Lithograph on vellum paper, Edition of 25 Paper size: 33 x 26.5 cms (13 x 10 1/2 ins) Image size: 31.5 x 21.2 cms (12 3/8 x 8 3/8 ins)
Masque aux rouleaux
Henri Matisse
1940s Impressionist Portrait Prints
Aquatint
Aquatint on BFK Rives paper, Edition of 25 Paper size: 56 x 38 cms (22 x 15 ins) Image size: 34.8 x 27.7 cms (13 3/4 x 10 7/8 ins)
La Belle Tahitienne
Henri Matisse
1930s Modern Portrait Prints
Lithograph
This piece is an original linocut on wove paper created by Henri Matisse in 1938. It is hand signed and numbered 17/25 from the edition of 25. This piece measures 30.5 x 25 inches f...
Lassitude
Henri Matisse
1920s Portrait Prints
Lithograph
Henri Matisse Lassitude, 1925 Lithograph on Japanese vellum Image: 7 1/2 x 5 1/16 inches Sheet: 13 7/8 x 11 7/8 inches Edition of 50
Jeune fille au col d'organdi
Henri Matisse
1920s Portrait Prints
Lithograph
Henri Matisse Jeune fille au col d'organdi, 1923 Lithograph on China paper Image: 7 7/8 x 5 15/16 inches Sheet: 14 15/16 x 11 3/8 inches Edition of 50
Jeune fille en robe fleurie au col d'organdi
Henri Matisse
1920s Portrait Prints
Lithograph
Henri Matisse Jeune fille en robe fleurie au col d'organdi, 1923 Lithograph on China paper Image: 8 9/16 x 5 3/4 inches Sheet: 14 15/16 x 11 1/4 inches Edition of 50
Original Lithograph - Henri Matisse - Apollinaire
Henri Matisse
1930s Modern Portrait Prints
Lithograph
Original Lithograph - Henri Matisse - Apollinaire from André Rouveyre, Apollinaire, Paris, Raisons d'Etre, 1952 (Duthuit books 31) Artist : Henri MATISSE 13 x 10 inches Edition: 151/...
Pasiphae Plate 53
Henri Matisse
1980s Modern Portrait Prints
Linocut
Artist: Henri Matisse Medium: Linocut on Rives Title: Plate 53 Portfolio: Pasiphae Year: 1981 Edition: XV/XXV Framed Size: 17 1/2 x 15 inches Sheet Size: 12 5/8 x 10 inches Reference...
Pasiphae Plate 48
Henri Matisse
1980s Modern Portrait Prints
Linocut
Artist: Henri Matisse Medium: Linocut on Rives Title: Plate 48 Portfolio: Pasiphae Year: 1981 Edition: XV/XXV Framed Size: 17 1/2 x 15 inches Sheet Size: 12 5/8 x 10 inches Reference...
Original Lithograph - Henri Matisse - Apollinaire
Henri Matisse
1930s Modern Portrait Prints
Linocut
Original Lithograph - Henri Matisse - Apollinaire Artist : Henri MATISSE 13 x 10 inches Edition: 151/330 References : Duthuit-Matisse Catalogue raisonné 31 MATISSE'S BIOGRAPHY YO...
Pasiphae Plate 44
Henri Matisse
1980s Modern Portrait Prints
Linocut
Artist: Henri Matisse Medium: Linocut on Rives Title: Plate 44 Portfolio: Pasiphae Year: 1981 Edition: XV/XXV Framed Size: 17 1/2 x 15 inches Sheet Size: 12 5/8 x 10 inches Reference...
Pasiphae Plate 23
Henri Matisse
1980s Modern Portrait Prints
Linocut
Artist: Henri Matisse Medium: Linocut on Rives Title: Plate 23 Portfolio: Pasiphae Year: 1981 Edition: XV/XXV Framed Size: 17 1/2" x 15" Sheet Size: 12 5/8" x 10" Reference: Duthuit 38
Pasiphae Plate 24
Henri Matisse
1980s Modern Portrait Prints
Linocut
Artist: Henri Matisse Medium: Linocut on Rives Title: Plate 24 Portfolio: Pasiphae Year: 1981 Edition: XV/XXV Framed Size: 16 3/4 x 14 1/4 inches Sheet Size: 12 5/8 x 10 inches Refer...
Pasiphae Plate 22
Henri Matisse
1980s Modern Portrait Prints
Linocut
Artist: Henri Matisse Medium: Linocut on Rives Title: Plate 22 Portfolio: Pasiphae Year: 1981 Edition: XV/XXV Framed Size: 18 3/4 x 15 inches Sheet Size: 12 5/8 x 10 inches Reference...
Pasiphae Plate 25
Henri Matisse
1980s Modern Portrait Prints
Linocut
Artist: Henri Matisse Medium: Linocut on Rives Title: Plate 24 Portfolio: Pasiphae Year: 1981 Edition: XV/XXV Framed Size: 17 1/2 x 15 inches Sheet Size: 12 5/8 x 10 inches Reference...
Pasiphae Plate 32
Henri Matisse
1980s Modern Portrait Prints
Linocut
Artist: Henri Matisse Medium: Linocut on Rives Title: Plate 24 Portfolio: Pasiphae Year: 1981 Edition: XV/XXV Framed Size: 17 1/2 x 15 inches Sheet Size: 12 5/8 x 10 inches Reference...
Pasiphae Plate 35
Henri Matisse
1980s Modern Portrait Prints
Linocut
Artist: Henri Matisse Medium: Linocut on Rives Title: Plate 35 Portfolio: Pasiphae Year: 1981 Edition: XV/XXV Framed Size: 17 1/2 x 15 inches Sheet Size: 12 5/8 x 10 inches Reference...
Pasiphae Plate 38
Henri Matisse
1980s Modern Portrait Prints
Linocut
Artist: Henri Matisse Medium: Linocut on Rives Title: Plate 38 Portfolio: Pasiphae Year: 1981 Edition: XV/XXV Framed Size: 17 1/2 x 15 inches Sheet Size: 12 5/8 x 10 inches Reference...
Pasiphae Plate 42
Henri Matisse
1980s Modern Portrait Prints
Linocut
Artist: Henri Matisse Medium: Linocut on Rives Title: Plate 42 Portfolio: Pasiphae Year: 1981 Edition: XV/XXV Framed Size: 16 3/4 x 14 1/4 inches Sheet Size: 12 5/8 x 10 inches Refer...
Pasiphae Plate 54
Henri Matisse
1980s Modern Portrait Prints
Linocut
Artist: Henri Matisse Medium: Linocut on Rives Title: Plate 54 Portfolio: Pasiphae Year: 1981 Edition: XV/XXV Framed Size: 17 1/2 x 15 inches Sheet Size: 12 5/8 x 10 inches Reference...
Original Lithograph - Henri Matisse - Apollinaire
Henri Matisse
1930s Modern Portrait Prints
Linocut
Original Lithograph - Henri Matisse - Apollinaire Artist : Henri MATISSE 13 x 10 inches Edition: 151/330 References : Duthuit-Matisse Catalogue raisonné 31 MATISSE'S BIOGRAPHY YO...
Nu Au Coussin Bleu
Henri Matisse
1920s Impressionist Figurative Prints
Lithograph
This piece is an original lithograph by Henri Matisse, done in 1924. It is hand signed in pencil and numbered 5/50 from the edition of 50 on Arches vellum. There are also 2 state pr...
Tree - Stone lithograph - Mourlot 1965
Henri Matisse
1960s Modern Figurative Prints
Lithograph
Henri Matisse Tree Stone lithograph in colors (printed in Atelier Mourlot) Printed signature in the plate On Arches vellum 38 x 28 cm (c. 15 x 11 in) INFORMATION : Edited for the ...
Le Vent des Epines
Henri Matisse
1940s Portrait Prints
Lithograph
Artist: Henri Matisse Medium: Original lithograph on velin d'Auvergne paper Title: Le Vent des Epines Portfolio: Le Vent des Epines Year: 1947 Edition: Proof, aside from the edition ...
Original Linocut - Henri Matisse - Yellow Flowers
Henri Matisse
1930s Modern Portrait Prints
Linocut
Original Linocut - Henri Matisse - Yellow Flowers Artist : Henri MATISSE 13 x 10 inches Edition: 151/330 References : Duthuit-Matisse Catalogue raisonné 31 MATISSE'S BIOGRAPHY YO...
Original Lithograph - Henri Matisse - Apollin...
Henri Matisse
1930s Modern Portrait Prints
Lithograph
Original Lithograph - Henri Matisse - Apollinaire Artist : Henri MATISSE 13 x 10 inches Edition: 151/330 References : Duthuit-Matisse Catalogue raisonné 31 MATISSE'S BIOGRAPHY Y...
Original Lithograph - Henri Matisse - Three Faces
Henri Matisse
1930s Modern Portrait Prints
Linocut
Original Lithograph - Henri Matisse - Three Faces Artist : Henri MATISSE 13 x 10 inches Edition: 151/330 References : Duthuit-Matisse Catalogue raisonné 31 MATISSE'S BIOGRAPHY YO...
Teeny - Original linocut, 1938 - Referenced in ...
Henri Matisse
1930s Modern Portrait Prints
Linocut
Henri MATISSE Teeny Original linocut Printed signature in the plate On light vellum 31 x 24 cm (c. 12.5 x 10 in) REFRENCES : Catalogue raisonne Duthuit #723 Excellent condition
Madame Pompadour
Henri Matisse
20th Century Modern Prints and Multiples
Lithograph
This original lithograph was created in 1955. From the edition of 2850 measuring 12 1/2 x 9 7/8 in. (31.5 x 25 cm). Published by Andre Sauret, Monte Carlo. (Rausch 340; D. 670)
Polypheme
Henri Matisse
1930s Figurative Prints
Etching
This piece is an original soft-ground etching by Henri Matisse, done in 1935. This image was created to illustrate James Joyce's "Ulysses", which is based on Greek mythologies. Speci...
Original Lithograph - Henri Matisse - Colette
Henri Matisse
1950s Modern Figurative Prints
Lithograph
Original Lithograph by Henri Matisse - Colette Artist : Henri MATISSE 22 x 16 cm with the printed signature, as issued in the limited edition of the subject's novel "Vagabonde&q...
La capeline de paille d’Italie
Henri Matisse
1920s Portrait Prints
Lithograph
Born in 1869, Henri Matisse was a French artist who worked in mediums including paint, print, sculpture, drawing, and collage. Although he first moved to Paris in 1887 to study law, ...
Circe
Henri Matisse
1930s Figurative Prints
Etching
This piece is an original soft-ground etching by Henri Matisse, done in 1935. This image was created to illustrate James Joyce's "Ulysses", which is based on Greek mythologies. Howev...
Lied Dement, from Poesies Antillaises
Henri Matisse
1970s Portrait Prints
Lithograph
Artist: Henri Matisse Medium: Original lithograph Title: Aube Antillaise, from Poesies Antillaises Portfolio: Poesies Antillaises Year: 1972 Edition: 185/250 Framed Size: 28 x 24 inc...
Biadjaws, from Poesies Antillaises
Henri Matisse
1970s Portrait Prints
Lithograph
Artist: Henri Matisse Medium: Original lithograph Title: Aube Antillaise, from Poesies Antillaises Portfolio: Poesies Antillaises Year: 1972 Edition: 185/250 Framed Size: 28 x 24 inc...
Interior with Sleeping Figure (Figure endormie ...
Henri Matisse
1920s Impressionist Nude Prints
Etching
An original signed etching with chine collé on Arches paper by French artist Henri Matisse (1869-1954) titled "Interior with Sleeping Figure (Figure endormie dans un intérieur)", 192...
Visage de profil reposant sur un bras, paravent
Henri Matisse
1920s Figurative Prints
Lithograph
Born in 1869, Henri Matisse was a French artist who worked in mediums including paint, print, sculpture, drawing, and collage. Although he first moved to Paris in 1887 to study law, ...
Nu au fauteuil sur fond moucharabieh
Henri Matisse
1920s Figurative Prints
Lithograph
Born in 1869, Henri Matisse was a French artist who worked in mediums including paint, print, sculpture, drawing, and collage. Although he first moved to Paris in 1887 to study law, ...
La Persane
Henri Matisse
1920s Portrait Prints
Lithograph
Born in 1869, Henri Matisse was a French artist who worked in mediums including paint, print, sculpture, drawing, and collage. Although he first moved to Paris in 1887 to study law, ...
Le Grand Nu
Henri Matisse
Early 1900s Nude Prints
Lithograph
Born in 1869, Henri Matisse was a French artist who worked in mediums including paint, print, sculpture, drawing, and collage. Although he first moved to Paris in 1887 to study law, ...
Marie-José en robe jaune
Henri Matisse
1950s Portrait Prints
Born in 1869, Henri Matisse was a French artist who worked in mediums including paint, print, sculpture, drawing, and collage. Although he first moved to Paris in 1887 to study law, ...
La Danse
Henri Matisse
1930s Abstract Prints
Etching, Aquatint
Born in 1869, Henri Matisse was a French artist who worked in mediums including paint, print, sculpture, drawing, and collage. Although he first moved to Paris in 1887 to study law, ...
Jeune étudieant de trois-quarts
Henri Matisse
1950s Portrait Prints
Aquatint
Born in 1869, Henri Matisse was a French artist who worked in mediums including paint, print, sculpture, drawing, and collage. Although he first moved to Paris in 1887 to study law, ...
Bédouine au long visage
Henri Matisse
1940s Portrait Prints
Aquatint
Born in 1869, Henri Matisse was a French artist who worked in mediums including paint, print, sculpture, drawing, and collage. Although he first moved to Paris in 1887 to study law, ...
D.483 (Dancer on Wooden Armchair) from Dix Dans...
Henri Matisse
1920s Post-Impressionist Figurative Prints
Lithograph
This piece is an original lithograph by Henri Matisse, published in 1927. It is from the series entitled "Dix Danseuses", which consists of 10 original lithographs. The original pl...
Original Linocut - Henri Matisse - Teeny
Henri Matisse
1930s Modern Portrait Prints
Linocut
Original Linocut by Henri Matisse - Teeny Artist : Henri MATISSE 1938/1959 with the artist's printed monogram and inverted date, as issued 31 x 24 cm References : Duthuit-Matisse Ca...
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