This print by famed French artist Henri Matisse (1869-1954) depicts a drawing of a leafy tree with bold brushstrokes in black neatly contrasting a stark cream background. Based on an original dated to 1951, this print details the modernist sensibility that turned Matisse into one of the most important artists of the early 20th century. This must-have print is framed in black and is signed in plate by Matisse along the lower right corner of the paper.
About the Artist:
Henri Matisse was born in 1869 in Le Cateau, Picardy, France, the oldest son of a wealthy grain merchant. Matisse displayed little interest in art until the age of 20, when he was given a box of oil paints by his mother while recovering from a severe attack of appendicitis. Matisse decided to become an artist after this, much to the disappointment of his father, and moved to Paris to study art at the Académie Julian under William-Adolphe Bouguereau and at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts under Gustave Moreau. After being introduced to Impressionism and the work of Vincent van Gogh by Australian painter John Russell, Matisse’s style changed completely, and he became entrenched with the Bohemian artists of the time such as Camille Pissarro and André Derain. Matisse’s fondness for bright and expressive color led to the Fauvist, or “wild beast”, movement in the early 1900’s, though Matisse continued working with color in this style of making for the rest of his career. Around 1906, Matisse met Pablo Picasso, who was 11 years his junior and the two became lifelong friends and rivals. Matisse maintained an active career right up through World War II, eventually succumbing to a heart attack at the age of 84 in 1954.
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