Henri Matisse - Artist of the Week

4 May, 2017 - The Wall Art Team

The Dessert : Harmony in Red. Image credits - Wikipedia

  • Henri Matisse was born on 31st Decemeber,1869 to a wealthy merchant family at Le Cateau-Cambresis in  Northern France.


  • He began to paint while he was recuperating from appendicitis after his mother had bought him art supplies.


  • Matisse is most famous for being the leader of the post - impressionist movement titled ‘Fauvism.’ His canvases were filled with contrasting pure colours complimenting

       ideas of decoration 


  • He drew inspiration from his travels to North Africa as well as artistic traditions of diverse cultures and religions including geometric Islamic art, flatness of the Japanese print, and the structured sculptures from Africa.


  • After Henri Matisse was diagnosed with abdominal cancer leaving him unable to paint even after his surgery. However, his creative side allowed his to work on a new medium of art such as cut paper collages or decoupages with the help of his assistants. 


  • Some of his famous works include The Woman with a Hat,Joy of Life (Le Bonheur de Vivre), The Dance, The Dessert : The Harmony in Red, The Sheaf. 
Dance I Image credits - Hans Olofsson
The Snail. Image credits - Wikipedia
Woman with a hat. Image credits - Wikipedia
Topic: Art