| art history
Portrait of the Artist Henri Matisse
| Henri Matisse
| selected works
Basket of Oranges
Calla Lilies, Irises, and Mimosas
Le Luxe I
Le Luxe II
Luxe, calme et volupt�
Portrait of Madame Matisse
French artist Henri Matisse was a Modern master who helped to liberate color and form from centuries of stodgy tradition, with grand results. Indeed, he succeeded in creating wondrous works of lasting beauty and enchantment. From sensuous paintings of flowers - such as his Calla Lilies
- to depictions of exotic women - for example, the famous Odalisque
- Matisse excelled at painting seductive and compelling images.
To learn more about Henri Matisse and his paintings, select a title and click on one (or more) of the links above. And if you want to know even more about Matisse, his life, and his work, there are recommended books on the pages of this section.
Lawrence Gowing's remarkable book is essential reading for anyone with a passion for the work of Henri Matisse. The book is organized chronologically, dividing Matisse's life into distinct phases of artistic development - from his early Fauve experiments with color, to his wonderful collages and cut outs.
What I dream of is an art of balance and purity, of serenity devoid of troubling and depressing subject matter...
- Henri Matisse