(1869-1954), France
  • Name: MATISSE, Henri
  • Born: 1869, Le Cateau-Cambrésis, France
  • Died: 1954

Henri Matisse was born at Le Cateau-Cambrésis in the North of France on December 31, 1869. His parents, Emile Matisse and Héloise Gérars, had a general store selling household goods and seed. Henri planned on a legal career, and in 1887/88 studied law in Paris, in 1889 he was employed as a clerk in a solicitor’s office. It was in 1890 that he was first attracted to painting. Confined to his bed for nearly a year (1890) after an intestinal operation, he chose drawing as a pastime. Then the hobby took best of him and he decided for the painting career.
The long years of learning followed: in 1891 Matisse studied under Bouguereau at the Académie Julian, and in 1892 transferred unofficially to Gustave Moreau’s studio at the Ecole Beaux-Arts, where he met Marquet, at the same time attending the Ecole Nationale des Arts Décoratifs. In 1894 his daughter Marguerite was born, though Matisse did not marry the mother, Amélie Paraere, till 1898.
In 1896 he made a successful début at the Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts and a year later displayed there his large canvas La Desserte, which showed the influence of the Impressionists. After Moreau’s death in 1898, he studied briefly with Cormon, then left the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and entered the Académie Carrière where he met Derain and Puy and attended evening classes in sculpture. In 1899 his son Jean, and then, in 1900, his son Pierre were born. Financial difficulties made him to stay for some time with his parents.
During the period of 1899-1904 Matisse participated in a group exhibition at Berthe Weil’s Gallery (1902), painted townscapes with Marquet in Paris, spent the summer of 1904 working with Signac and Cross at Saint-Tropez, and in 1905-6 painted views of Collioure.
In 1905 and 1906 Matisse, his talent now fully developed, exhibited at the Salon d’Automne and the Salon des Indépendants together with Derain, Marquet, Vlaminck, Roauault and others and sparked off controversy. The group was ironically nicknamed “Les Fauves” (The Wild ones). At that time Matisse displayed a tendency towards monumental, decorative compositions. If in 1900 it was only to earn some money that he took on the task of painting a frieze for the World Fair at the Grand Palais in Paris, in 1907 he worked with enthusiasm on a ceramic triptych, Nymph and Satyr, for Osthaus’s mansion in Hagen, Westphalia. In 1908 Matisse painted the monumental canvas The Red Room; and in 1909-10 executed two large decorative panels, The Dance and The Music on commissions from the Moscow businessman S. Shchukin. Sculpture, too, began to occupy a significant place in Matisse’s artistic endeavor and was exhibited for the first time in 1912, in New York. At this time, Matisse set forth the theoretical basis for his art in his Notes d’un peintre (1908) and expounded his views on painting in the art school (the Atelier Matisse), which he had organized. But soon teaching began to weigh heavily on the artist, and he withdrew more and more frequently to Issy-des-Moulineaux.
In 1910 Matisse visited Munich to see an exhibition of Islamic art, in 1911 Seville, then Moscow on the invitation of S. Shchukin, and at the end of that year, Tangier, Morocco. From 1914 to 1918 he divided his time between Collioure, Paris and Nice. In 1918 a Matisse-and-Picasso exhibition opened at the Guillaume Gallery: it was to a certain extent indicative of the role of these two painters in contemporary art.
In 1920 Matisse designed the stage sets and costumes for S. Diaghilev’s ballet The Nightingale (to Stravinsky’s music) and in 1939 for Léonide Massine’s ballet Rouge et Noir (to the music of Shostakovich’s first Symphony). In 1931-33 he painted a large decorative composition, The Dance, for the Barnes Foundation in Merion, Pennsylvania; the same years he fulfilled etching illustrations for Mallarmé’s Poésies. In 1934-35 Matisse produced cartoons for carpets, based on James Joyce’s Ulysses.
During the Second World War Matisse lived in the south of France – Bordeaux, Ciboure, Nice. In 1941 he underwent a serious operation. Confined to bed for most of the ensuing period, he turned his attention to book design and illustrations. He designed and illustrated Henri de Montherlant’s Pasiiphaë in 1944, Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du Mal, Mariana Alcoforado’s Lettres Portugaises and Reverdy’s Visages in 1946, and Ronsard’s Amours in 1948. His unique book Jazz, published in 1947, contained a facsimile reproduction of the text written in the artist’s own hand and illustrations executed in gouache after Matisse’s cut-outs.
It was only after the end of the war that Matisse turned anew to monumental compositions. He executed sketches for the stained-glass panel representing St. Dominique in the church at Assy (1948), the interior decoration for the Dominican chapel of Notre-Dame du Rosaire at Vence (1948-51), and sketches for the stained-glass panel Rose for the Uniate Church in New York (1954). In his last years he devoted a great deal of his time to cut-outs and brush drawings.
The Musée Matisse was opened in 1952 at Le Cateau-Cambrésisi, the birthplace of the artist. Matisse died on November 3, 1954 and was buried in the cemetery at Cimiez.

Matisse är en av de främsta bland de tidiga modernisterna, och han arbetade med varierande uttrycksmedel och material, men var i huvudsak målare.
Matisse föddes i Le Cateau-Cambrésis men växte upp i Bohain-en-Vermandois i departementet Aisne. Han flyttade 1887 till Paris för att studera juridik. Under en tids sjukdom började han att måla, och 1891 inledde han studier i måleri på Académie Julian i Paris, där han bland annat studerade för Odilon Redon och Gustave Moreau.
I början var han mycket influerad och inspirerad av verk av konstnärerna Édouard Manet, Paul Signac och Paul Cézanne. Han blev snart ledare för de målare som kallas fauvister. 1901 deltog han i en utställning, och 1904 hade han sin första separatutställning. När han flyttade söderut till bland annat franska rivieran, träffade han André Derain och hans måleri utvecklades, det han då utförde är bland det bästa han gjort och verken från 1906-1917 räknas till hans förnämsta. Efter att ha bosatt sig i Nice 1921 blev hans konst mer dekorativ och lite mindre intensiv.
1941 fick han besked att han hade cancer, men trots att han blev rullstolsburen hindrades han inte från att arbeta med sin konst. Han var dock märkt av sjukdomen och det var vid denna tidpunkt han började arbeta med papper och collage, som även det, blivit ett signum för Matisse, tack vare hans känsla för färg och form.
Source: ArtSignatureDictionary
Title Medium Date Size (cm) Price
Lithograph20150x0€ 2,355Picture
Figure assise, ...
Etching201418x12€ 4,375Picture
Etudes pour la ...
Lithograph201432x24€ 3,767Picture
Nu assis, fond ...
Oil on canvas201446x38€ 4,336,470Picture
Étude pour la n...
Aquatint201431x25€ 2,723Picture
Figure assise s...
Etching201411x14€ 7,183Picture
Etudes pour la ...
Lithograph201433x25€ 6,755Picture
Portrait of a W...
Lithograph201328x20€ 2,414Picture
Femme auprès de...
Oil on canvas201232x40€ 798,930Picture
La Tiaré
Bronze2012H: 20€ 658,287Picture
Etude pour La F...
Drawing201252x40€ 358,249Picture
Patitcha souria...
Aquatint201234x27€ 11,873Picture
Odalisque couch...
Etching201220x29€ 8,311Picture
Lithograph201238x26€ 12,615Picture
Maison de la Pe...
Colour lithographic poster201276x53€ 672Picture
Espagnole à la ...
Colour aquatint201239x27€ 11,802Picture
Madame de Pompa...
Lithograph201248x36€ 571Picture
Dix Danseuses: ...
Lithograph201145x28€ 6,591Picture
Le Lagon (Jazz,...
Pochoir print201142x65€ 1,758Picture
Algue blanc sur...
Lithograph201147x36€ 1,912Picture
Dix Danseuses: ...
Lithograph201145x28€ 4,581Picture
Nu, jambe repli...
Lithograph201129x53€ 7,199Picture
Le Cow-Boy (Jaz...
Pochoir print201142x65€ 2,727Picture
Madame de Pompa...
Lithograph201148x36€ 873Picture
Pochoir print201136x48€ 2,618Picture
Drawing201135x22€ 17,570Picture
Portrait de fem...
Drawing201127x21€ 7,321Picture
Nu assis dans u...
Lithograph201059x39€ 7,820Picture
La Cité - Notre...
Etching201033x26€ 209 
La Blouse paysa...
Lithograph201049x39€ 1,568Picture
Portrait de Cla...
Graphic201037x29€ 4,144Picture
Tête voilée
Graphic201027x19€ 5,388Picture
Danseuse étendu...
Lithograph201028x46€ 6,448Picture
Autoportrait de...
Lithograph201022x18€ 3,848Picture
Vierge à l'enfa...
Lithograph201021x38€ 1,612Picture
The sculptures ...
Lithograph poster/print201096x50€ 71Picture
Algue rouge sur...
Gouache201045x40€ 792,267Picture
Nu aux jambes c...
Oil on canvas201038x46€ 4,350,099Picture
efter, Nice tra...
Lithograph200975x56€ 144Picture
France-Cöte d´A...
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Jeune femme au ...
Etching200923x16€ 7,432Picture
Madame de Pompa...
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Signature by: MATISSE, Henri 1913
Signature by: MATISSE, Henri 1922
Signature by: MATISSE, Henri 1924
Signature by: MATISSE, Henri 1924, "Nu assis dans un fauteuil au décor fleuri"
Signature by: MATISSE, Henri 1925
Signature by: MATISSE, Henri 1925
Signature by: MATISSE, Henri 1926
Signature by: MATISSE, Henri 1929, "Jeune femme au balcon, observant des perruches"
Signature by: MATISSE, Henri 1929, "Figure assise sur fond de carreaux fleuris", Duthuit-Matisse 192
Signature by: MATISSE, Henri 1936
Signature by: MATISSE, Henri 1937, reversed signature signed in the plate,
Signature by: MATISSE, Henri 1939
Signature by: MATISSE, Henri 1947
Signature by: MATISSE, Henri 1947
Signature by: MATISSE, Henri 1949, "Étude pour la nappe liturgique de la Chapelle de Vence I" (Duthuit-Matisse 812)
Signature by: MATISSE, Henri 1950-1951
Signature by: MATISSE, Henri 1950-51
Signature by: MATISSE, Henri 1951
Signature by: MATISSE, Henri 1952
Signature by: MATISSE, Henri 1952, "Jeune étudiant de trois-quarts" (Duthuit-Matisse 821)
Signature by: MATISSE, Henri
Signature by: MATISSE, Henri
Signature by: MATISSE, Henri
Signature by: MATISSE, Henri