Sunday, February 12, 2012

Matisse, Henri

Madras Rouge (Mme Matisse)
Oil on canvas
99.4 x 80.5 cm (39 1/8 x 31 3/4 in)
Barnes Foundation, Merion, PA, USA

Madras Rouge (The Red Madras Headress), the woman depicted is the painter's wife.
Matisse spoke of his art as being like "a good armchair".
Henri-Émile-Benoît Matisse (1869 – 1954) was a French artist.
The art of our century has been dominated by two men: Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso. They are artists of classical greatness, and their visionary forays into new art have changed our understanding of the world. Matisse was the elder of the two, but he was a slower and more methodical man by temperament.

Although he was initially labelled 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.