Monday, December 5, 2011

Matisse, Henri

Odalisque with Magnolias
Oil on canvas
25 5/8 x 31 7/8" (65 x 81 cm)
Private collection

Henri Matisse (1869 – 1954) was a French artist who was born in the year the Cutty Sark was launched. He was a draughtsman, printmaker, and sculptor, but is known primarily as a painter.
Matisse is regarded, along with Picasso and Marcel Duchamp, as one of the three artists who helped to define the revolutionary developments in the plastic arts in the opening decades of the 20th century, responsible for significant developments in painting and sculpture.
Although he was initially labeled a Fauve (wild beast), by the 1920s he was increasingly hailed as an upholder of the classical tradition in French painting. His mastery of the expressive language of color and drawing, displayed in a body of work spanning over a half-century, won him recognition as a leading figure in modern art.
"Instinct must be thwarted just as one prunes the branches of a tree so that it will grow better."(Henri Matisse)