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.

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Nu pour Cleveland
Henri Matisse
Nu pour Cleveland
Henri Matisse
Mid-20th Century Contemporary Prints and Multiples
Etching
Created by the artist as an etching on Chine collé applied to wove paper in 1932, "Nu pour Cleveland" is signed in pencil, and numbered, measures 20 1/8 x 15 ¾ in. (51 x 40 cm), unfram...
Study of Nudes - Original Etching - 125 copies - S...
Henri Matisse
1920s Figurative Prints
Henri Matisse Study of nudes Original dry point, 1929 Stamp-signed with the artist's monogram, as issued On japan paper, 24,5 x 31 cm (c. 9,6 x 12,2 in) Very good condition REFERENCE ...
Dancer - Original linocut - Signed with the artist...
Henri Matisse
1940s Realist Figurative Prints
Linocut
Henri MATISSE Dancer Original linocut Signed bottom right with Matisse blind stamp On handmade paper 26 x 21 cm (c. 10"1/2 x 8") REFERENCES : Catalog Raisonne Duthuit #749 INFORMATI...
Le Repos du Modèle
Le Repos du Modèle
Henri Matisse
Early 20th Century Post-Impressionist Nude Prints
Lithograph
Henri Matisse (French, 1869 – 1954) Le Repos du Modèle Executed in 1922 Signed ‘Henri Matisse’ (lower right), inscribed ‘7/50’ (lower left) Lithograph Chine Volante Paper 8.1/2 x 11.3/4...
Original Vintage Travel Poster By Matisse For Nice...
Henri Matisse
1940s More Prints
Paper
Original vintage travel advertising poster for Nice – Travail et Joie / Work and Happiness – H. Matisse. Colourful artwork by the renowned French artist Henri Matisse (1869-1954) depict...
Teeny - Original linocut, 1938 - Referenced in Dut...
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
Nu Assis dans un Fauteuil, une Jambe Repliée
Henri Matisse
1920s Post-Impressionist Nude Prints
Lithograph
Perfect sheet on simili-japon fort, numbered and signed by Matisse with pencil and china ink. Edition of 50 prints. Ref. Duthuit-Garnaud 420.
One Morning Of Corsica
One Morning Of Corsica
Henri Matisse
1890s Figurative Paintings
Oil on plywood, signed lower right. Sold with certificate of Wanda de Guébriand. Number PZ 206 from Archives of the artist.
Original Lithograph - Henri Matisse - Colette
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" (Paris: ...
Cover for Cahiers D'art
Cover for Cahiers D'art
Henri Matisse
1930s Abstract Drawings and Watercolors
Colour Pochoir Cover for Cahiers d'Art, 1936
Madame Pompadour
Henri Matisse
Madame Pompadour
Henri Matisse
20th Century Modern Portrait Prints
Lithograph
This original lithograph was created in 1955. From the edition of 2850 measuring 12 ½ x 9 ⅞ in. (31.5 x 25 cm.). Published by Andre Sauret, Monte Carlo. (Rausch 340; D. 670)
Mlle M.M, Frontispiece, from: Fifty Drawings
Mlle M.M, Frontispiece, from: Fifty Drawings
Henri Matisse
1920s Prints and Multiples
HENRI MATISSE 1869-1954 (Emile Benoît) Le Cateau-Cambrésis 1869-1954 Nice (French) Title: Mlle M.M, Frontispiece, from: Fifty Drawings Frontispiece, from: Cinquante Dessins, 1920 Tech...
Les Yeux Noirs
Henri Matisse
Les Yeux Noirs
Henri Matisse
1910s Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors
Lithograph
Nude drawing of a woman by Henri Matisse. Lithograph, 12/50. Created in 1913. Signed lower right. Framed dimension: 30x23. Frame is a sliver leaf frame.
Hier, de tes Doights d'Or Pale, from Poesies Antillaises
Hier, de tes Doights d'Or Pale, from Poesies Antil...
Henri Matisse
1970s Portrait Prints
Lithograph
Artist: Henri Matisse Medium: Original lithograph Title: Hier, de tes Doights d'Or Pale, from Poesies Antillaises Portfolio: Poesies Antillaises Year: 1972 Edition Size: 250 Framed Size...
Portrait of Mlle. Marguerite Matisse
Portrait of Mlle. Marguerite Matisse
Henri Matisse
1920s Portrait Prints
Etching
Artist: Henri Matisse Medium: Original etching Title: Portrait of Mlle. Marguerite Matisse Portfolio: Cinquante Dessins Year: 1920 Edition Size: 1000 Framed Size: 23 3/4 x 23 3/4 inches...
Sur l'Arc Vert, from Poesies Antillaises
Sur l'Arc Vert, from Poesies Antillaises
Henri Matisse
1970s Portrait Prints
Lithograph
Artist: Henri Matisse Medium: Original lithograph Title: Sur l'Arc Vert, from Poesies Antillaises Portfolio: Poesies Antillaises Year: 1972 Edition Size: 250 Framed Size: 23 1/4 x 27 1/...
 Original Linocut - Henri Matisse - Teeny
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 Catal...
Plate XL, from Florilege des Amours de Ronsard
Plate XL, from Florilege des Amours de Ronsard
Henri Matisse
1940s Nude Prints
Lithograph
Artist: Henri Matisse Medium: Original lithograph Title: Florilege des Amours, Plate XL Portfolio: Florilege des Amours de Ronsard Year: 1948 Edition: 170/250 Framed Size: 26 1/2 x 22 i...
Plate 1: Et il Faudra Mourir sans Avoir Tué le Ven...
Henri Matisse
1940s Portrait Prints
Linocut
Artist: Henri Matisse Medium: Linocut on Arches vellum Title: Plate 1: Et il Faudra Mourir sans Avoir Tué le Vent (And He Will Die without Having Killed the Winds) Portfolio: Pasiphae Y...
Plate 42, from Florilege des Amours de Ronsard
Plate 42, from Florilege des Amours de Ronsard
Henri Matisse
1940s Portrait Prints
Lithograph
Artist: Henri Matisse Medium: Original lithograph Title: Florilege des Amours, Plate 42 Portfolio: Florilege des Amours de Ronsard Year: 1948 Edition: 89/300 Framed Size: 27 x 22 3/4 in...
Plate LXX, from Florilege des Amours de Ronsard
Plate LXX, from Florilege des Amours de Ronsard
Henri Matisse
1940s Animal Prints
Lithograph
Artist: Henri Matisse Medium: Original lithograph Title: Florilege des Amours, Plate LXX Portfolio: Florilege des Amours de Ronsard Year: 1948 Edition: 170/250 Framed Size: 22 3/4 x 22 ...
Pierre A Feu
Henri Matisse
Pierre A Feu
Henri Matisse
1940s Abstract Prints
Lithograph
Artist: Henri Matisse Medium: Original lithograph Title: Cover Page Portfolio: Pierre A Feu Year: 1947 Edition: 375/950 Framed Size: 26 x 18 1/2 inches Sheet Size: 17 x 9 1/4 inches Ref...
Aube Antillaise, from Poesies Antillaises
Aube Antillaise, 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 inches...
Pasiphae (Book II)
Henri Matisse
Pasiphae (Book II)
Henri Matisse
1980s Animal Prints
Linocut
Artist: Henri Matisse Medium: Linocut Portfolio: Pasiphae (Book II) Year: 1981 Edition: 62/100 Framed Size: 25 x 21 inches Sheet Size: 12 5/8 x 10 inches Reference: Duthuit 38 bis Signe...
Plate XXII, from Florilege des Amours de Ronsard
Plate XXII, from Florilege des Amours de Ronsard
Henri Matisse
1940s Figurative Prints
Lithograph
Artist: Henri Matisse Medium: Original lithograph Title: Florilege des Amours, Plate XXII Portfolio: Florilege des Amours de Ronsard Year: 1948 Edition: 170/250 Framed Size: 25 5/8" x 2...
Poemes
Henri Matisse
Poemes
Henri Matisse
1950s Portrait Prints
Lithograph
Artist: Henri Matisse Medium: Original lithograph Title: Poemes Portfolio: Poemes Year: 1950 Edition Size: 1200 Framed Size: 26 1/4 x 19 1/2 inches Sheet Size: 16 3/8 x 10 3/4 inches Re...
Poemes
Henri Matisse
Poemes
Henri Matisse
1950s Portrait Prints
Lithograph
Artist: Henri Matisse Medium: Original lithograph Title: Poemes Portfolio: Poemes Year: 1950 Edition Size: 1200 Framed Size: 26 1/4 x 19 1/2 inches Sheet Size: 16 3/8 x 10 3/4 inches Re...
Plate LVIX, from Florilege des Amours de Ronsard
Plate LVIX, from Florilege des Amours de Ronsard
Henri Matisse
1940s Figurative Prints
Lithograph
Artist: Henri Matisse Medium: Original lithograph Title: Florilege des Amours, Plate LVIX Portfolio: Florilege des Amours de Ronsard Year: 1948 Edition: 170/250 Framed Size: 27 1/2 x 23...
Plate XLII, from Florilege des Amours de Ronsard
Plate XLII, from Florilege des Amours de Ronsard
Henri Matisse
1940s Figurative Prints
Lithograph
Artist: Henri Matisse Medium: Original lithograph Title: Florilege des Amours, Plate XLII Portfolio: Florilege des Amours de Ronsard Year: 1948 Edition: 170/250 Framed Size: 23 3/8 x 22...
Plate 15: Un Meuglement Different des Autres (A Mo...
Henri Matisse
1940s Animal Prints
Linocut
Artist: Henri Matisse Medium: Linocut on Arches vellum Title: Plate 15: Un Meuglement Different des Autres (A Moo Different from Others) Portfolio: Pasiphae Year: 1944 Edition: 111/200 ...
Pierre A Feu
Henri Matisse
Pierre A Feu
Henri Matisse
1940s Portrait Prints
Linocut
Artist: Henri Matisse Medium: Original linocut Title: Pierre A Feu Year: 1947 Edition Size: 950 Framed Size: 19 x 16 1/4 inches Sheet Size: 9 5/8 x 8 1/4 inches Reference: Duthuit 17 Si...
Repos sur la banquette
Henri Matisse
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)
Danseuse au Tabouret, from Dix Danseuses
Danseuse au Tabouret, from Dix Danseuses
Henri Matisse
1920s Modern Prints and Multiples
Danseuse au Tabouret, from Dix Danseuses, 1925-26 Lithograph Image: 17 7/8 x 10 3/4 inches Sheet: 25 3/8 x 18 1/2 inches Edition of 130 Signed and numbered MATX481A
Madame Monchaux
Henri Matisse
Madame Monchaux
Henri Matisse
1910s Impressionist More Art
Pencil
This piece is a unique, original pencil drawing on paper by Henri Matisse, created in 1916. It is hand signed, dated, and also bears a hand-written message from Matisse that reads "En ...
Henri Matisse - Colette - Original Lithograph
Henri Matisse - Colette - Original Lithograph
Henri Matisse
1950s Modern Portrait 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" (Paris: ...
Visage légèrement penché vers la gauche
Henri Matisse
1910s Modern Portrait Prints
Lithograph
Line drawing, lithograph in an edition of 50. This is 25/50. The work is signed.
Tête de Jeune Fille aux Sourcils Rectangulaires
Tête de Jeune Fille aux Sourcils Rectangulaires
Henri Matisse
20th Century Modern Figurative Prints
Etching
Considered one of the greatest painters of the 20th century, Matisse was engaged in printmaking during most of his artistic career, using it as a break from painting and as a way of ext...
Le Repos du Modele
Henri Matisse
Le Repos du Modele
Henri Matisse
1920s Modern Nude Prints
Lithograph
An original lithograph on japon paper depicting a nude woman reclining by Henri Matisse. Signed lower right, "Henri Matisse." Provenance: Private collection, CA Literature: "Les...
Drawing for planche 419/10 of Danseuse Acrobates
Drawing for planche 419/10 of Danseuse Acrobates
Henri Matisse
1930s Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors
Crayon
Artist: Matisse, Henri Title: Drawing for planche 419/10 of Danseuse Acrobates Date: circa 1931-32 Medium: Crayon Transfer Drawing Unframed Dimensions: 20" x 15" Framed Dimens...
Drawing for planche 420/10 of Danseuse Acrobates
Drawing for planche 420/10 of Danseuse Acrobates
Henri Matisse
1930s Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors
Crayon
Artist: Matisse, Henri Title: Drawing for planche 420/10 of Danseuse Acrobates Date: circa 1931-32 Medium: Crayon Transfer Drawing Unframed Dimensions: 20" x 15" Framed Dimens...
Nu Couche, Interieur a la Lampe Venitienne
Nu Couche, Interieur a la Lampe Venitienne
Henri Matisse
1920s Modern Nude Prints
Etching
Henri Matisse Nu couche, interieur a la lampe venitienne (Duthuit 181) 1929 etching on chine applique sheet size: 11 1/8 x 15 1/8 inches, image size: 3 1/2 x 4 7/8 inches framed: 1...
Dansuese au Tabouret
Henri Matisse
Dansuese au Tabouret
Henri Matisse
1920s Modern Prints and Multiples
Lithograph
Lithograph on Arches Signed and numbered 114/130 in pencil The series of studies of ballet dancers that Matisse drew in lithography in 1925-1927 rank amongst his most renowned works...
. . . ET IL FAUDRA MOURIR SANS AVOIR TUÉ LE VENT . . .
. . . ET IL FAUDRA MOURIR SANS AVOIR TUÉ LE VENT ...
Henri Matisse
20th Century Modern Figurative Prints
Linocut
Original linocut printed in black ink on Rives wove paper. Bearing the artist's estate monogram blindstamp in the paper lower right. A superb impression of the definitive state fr...
Self Portrait
Henri Matisse
Self Portrait
Henri Matisse
Early 1900s Drawings and Watercolor Paintings
Ink
Ink on paper
Nu Assis sur un Tabouret
Henri Matisse
Nu Assis sur un Tabouret
Henri Matisse
Early 1900s Drawings and Watercolor Paintings
Pencil on paper
Figure devant tapa africain
Henri Matisse
Figure devant tapa africain
Henri Matisse
Figurative Prints
Henri Matisse, Figure devant tapa Africain, 1929
La Cage de Perruches et les Poissons Rouges
La Cage de Perruches et les Poissons Rouges
Henri Matisse
Figurative Prints
Henri Matisse, La Cage de Perruches et les Poissons Rouges, 1929
. . . DORS, DORMEUSE AUX LONGS CILS . . .
. . . DORS, DORMEUSE AUX LONGS CILS . . .
Henri Matisse
20th Century Modern Figurative Prints
Linocut
Original linocut printed in black ink on white Rives wove paper. Bearing the artist's estate monogram blindstamp in the paper lower right. A richly printed impression of the defin...
. . . ET SE COUCHER CHAQUE SOIR DANS SON MALHEUR . . .
. . . ET SE COUCHER CHAQUE SOIR DANS SON MALHEUR ....
Henri Matisse
20th Century Modern Figurative Prints
Linocut
Original linocut printed in black ink on Rives wove paper. Bearing the artist's estate monogram blindstamp in the paper lower right. A superb impression of the definitive state fr...
MASQUE DE JEUNE GARCON (Mask of a Young Boy)
MASQUE DE JEUNE GARCON (Mask of a Young Boy)
Henri Matisse
20th Century Modern Figurative Prints
Etching
Original etching printed in black ink on wove paper bearing the Arches script watermark. Signed and dated in the plate lower left Matisse / 45 A fine impression of the definitive...
. . . ON DIRAIT QU'ELLE NE M'A JAMAIS VUE . . .
. . . ON DIRAIT QU'ELLE NE M'A JAMAIS VUE . . .
Henri Matisse
20th Century Modern Figurative Prints
Linocut
Original linocut printed in black ink on Rives wove paper. Bearing the artist's estate monogram blindstamp in the paper lower right. A superb impression of the definitive state fr...
. . . EMPORTÉS JUSQU' AUX CONSTELLATIONS . . . (Variant VIII)
. . . EMPORTÉS JUSQU' AUX CONSTELLATIONS . . . (V...
Henri Matisse
20th Century Modern Figurative Prints
Linocut
Original linocut printed in black ink on white Rives wove paper. Bearing the artist's estate monogram blindstamp in the paper lower right. A richly printed impression of the defin...
ORNEMENTS, BANDEAUX ET CULS-DE-LAMPE (Variant XI)
ORNEMENTS, BANDEAUX ET CULS-DE-LAMPE (Variant XI)...
Henri Matisse
20th Century Modern More Prints
Linocut
Bearing the artist's estate monogram blindstamp in the paper lower right. A richly printed impression of the definitive state from the edition of 100, numbered "75/100" in pencil in ...