Henri Matisse Oil Painting Reproductions
“Drawing is like making an expressive gesture with the advantage of permanence.” Henri Matisse
Henri Matisse Paintings
Born in December of 1869, Henri Matisse was a French artist, providing memorable prints, sculptures, and drawings. However, it is Henri Matisse paintings he is most well known for. In particular, his use of color stood out, though every move of the brush seemed to be fluid and determined. During the early 20th century, he, as well as Picasso and Duchamp, became known for their work in plastic arts.
The early life of Matisse started in a small cottage located in Le Cateau-Cambresis, a city located in the very north of France. The home, nothing more than a two-room cottage, had a dirt floor and he often slept with rain coming through the roof. With a stern upbringing and very capable parents who disciplined him well, he would enroll in a school in Paris to study law. He passed the bar in 1888 with distinction, though he did not care for the work. He later worked in a law office as a clerk.
The Creation of Matisse Famous Paintings
Henri Matisse paintings did not come to life right away. In 1889, he had appendicitis. It was at that time that he began to paint. Unable to leave the home as he recovered, his mother provided him with basic art supplies to keep himself busy. He is noted to say that as soon as he had the art supplies in his hands, he knew that this is what he wanted to do for his life.
Interestingly, his mother also instructed him not to follow any rules of art. Rather, she encouraged him to listen and respond to his emotions through art. He was so passionate about his art that he would tell his fiance later on that he loved his art more than he could ever love her, though he did love her as well.
In 1891, to the dismay of his father, he returned to Paris, this time to study at the Academie Julian to pursue his passion. He studied under William-Adolphe Bouguereau. He left the school a year later, unhappy with the very strict and perfectionist style education being provided there. He later worked with Gustave Moreau, who provided more of a nurturing education in the arts and encouraged many of the finest Matisse famous paintings to come to life.
He painted still lives, landscapes, and whatever he desired. The only recognition he received in France for his work occurred in 1896. That year, he was elected as a member of the Societe Nationale, allowing him to submit five paintings in the salon of the Societe Nationale des Beaux-Arts. He later worked with John Peter Russell, who he would later say taught him color.
Some of Matisse Famous Works:
- The Dinner Table -- Created in 1897, it was his first true masterpiece, taking a full winter season to create
- Dishes and Fruit -- Created in 1901
- Luxembourg Gardens -- Created in 1901
- A Glimpse of Notre-Dame in the late Afternoon, created in 1902
- Luxe, Calme et Volupte, created in 1904
- Open Window, Collioure, created in 1905 and displayed in the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC
- Joy of Life -- created in 1906, featuring true Fauvist work, something he became known for
Dozens of other pieces were also created. Many years later, he created The Plum Blossoms, which sold in 2005 for $25 million USD. The Reclining Nude I (Dawn) sold in 2002 for $9.2 million USD. Though he died in 1954 at the age of 84, Henri Mattise paintings continue to play a prominent role for his early Fauvism, he was later known as a modernist and impressionist as well.
For further information, visit:
- Hanri Matisse at The Met Museum
- Matisse Online Collection at the Guggenheim Museum
- Henri Matisse Biography