Henri Matisse

Works | Biography
Nu aux Oranges

Henri Matisse is regarded by many as one of the greatest figures in modern art.  He was born in December of 1869 in Le Cateau, France, the son of a middle class family.  Matisse practiced law as a young man.  In 1890, however, while recovering slowly from illness, his mother gave him a set of paints and he became intrigued by the practice of painting.  Two years later he went to Paris to study art formally. Like many avant-garde artists in Paris, Matisse was receptive to a broad range of influences, being one of the first painters to take an interest in ‘primitive’ art.  He abandoned the palette of the impressionists and established his characteristic style, with its flat brilliant colour and fluid line.  His subjects were primarily women, interiors and still lifes.

Matisse always emphasized the importance of an intuitive approach when creating a work of art.  He argued that an artist did not have complete control over the outcome and that the process of creation was an organic one in which the artist became almost carried along and the work took on a life of its own.  From the 1920s until his death he spent much time in the South of France, painting local scenes with a thin, fluid application of bright colour.

In his final years he embarked upon what is now recognised as some of his most original work using brightly coloured cut-out paper shapes arranged casually, but with an unfailing eye for design, on a canvas surface. His final project was to reinterpret the cut-outs as original lithographs working with the famous French lithographers Mourlot Fréres. A suite of 39 images was printed from the stone blocks at the Paris atelier. Matisse personally directed and supervised the first ‘pulls’ of the lithographs shortly before his death in 1954.

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Nu aux Oranges

Nu aux Oranges

Original lithograph. Signed in the plate. Date 1954

sold
nu-bleu-10

Nu Bleu X

Original lithograph. Date 1954. Signed in the plate

£450
lierre

Lierre

Original lithograph. Date 1954. Signed in the plate

sold
nu-bleu-4

Nu Bleu IV

Original lithograph. Date 1954. Signed in the plate

£450
fleurs-de-neige

Fleurs de Neige

Original lithograph. Date 1954. Signed in the plate

£600
nu-bleu-8

Nu Bleu VIII

Original lithograph. Date 1954.

£500
nu-bleu XI

Nu Bleu I

Original lithograph. Date 1954.

£450
vegetaux

Vegetaux

Original lithograph. Date 1954. Signed in the plate

£600
decoration-fruits

Decoration Fruits

Original lithograph. Date 1954. Signed in the plate. With vertical fold as issued.

£700
vigne

Vigne

Original lithograph. Date 1954.

sold
rosace

Rosace

Original lithograph. Date 1954.

£295
coquelicots

Cocquelicots

Original lithograph. Date 1954. With vertical fold as issued.

£500
acanthes

Acanthes

Original lithograph. Date 1954.

sold
nu-bleu-2

Nu Bleu II

Original lithograph. Date 1954.

£450
acrobates

Acrobates

Original lithograph. Date 1954.

£450
apollon

Apollon

Original lithograph. Signed in the plate. Date 1954. With vertical fold as issued.

£500
baigneuse-dans-les-roseaux

Baigneuse dans les Roseaux

Original lithograph. Date 1954.

£495
la perruche

La Perruche et la Sirene

Original lithograph. Date 1954. With vertical fold as issued.

sold
la-piscine panel a

La Piscine Panel A

Original lithograph. Date 1954.

£850
la-piscine-2

La Piscine Panel B

Original lithograph. Date 1954.

£850
danseuse-creole

Danseuse Creole

Original lithograph. Date 1954. Signed in the plate

sold
la negresse

La Negresse

Original lithograph. Date 1954. With vertical fold as issued.

£400
femmes-et-singes

Femmes et Singes

Original lithograph. Date 1954. With vertical fold as issued.

£500
la-gerbe

La Gerbe

Original lithograph. Date 1954. With vertical fold as issued.

sold
nu-bleu-11

Nu Bleu XI

Original lithograph. Date 1954. Signed in the plate

£850
nu-bleu-7_1

Nu Bleu VII

Original lithograph. Date 1954. Signed in the plate

£450
escargot

L’Escargot

Original lithograph. Date 1954. Signed in the plate

£750
souvenir-doc_anie

Souvenir d’Oceanie

Original lithograph. Date 1954. Signed in the plate

£500
Lierre en Fleur

Lierre en Fleur

Original lithograph. Date 1954. Signed in the plate

£650
nuit-de-no_el_1

Nuit de Noel

Original lithograph. Date 1954.

£650
poisson-chinois

Poissons Chinois

Original lithograph. Date 1954. Signed in the plate

£400
zulma

Zulma

Original lithograph. Date 1954. Signed in the plate

£850
nu-bleu-3

Nu Bleu III

Original lithograph. Date 1954. Signed in the plate

sold
nu-bleu-5

Nu Bleu V

Original lithograph. Date 1954.

sold
Nu Bleu 6

Nu Bleu VI

Original lithograph. Date 1954. Signed in the plate

£850
nu-bleu-9

Nu Bleu IX

Original lithograph. Date 1954. Signed in the plate

£850
nu-bleu-12

Nu Bleu XII

Original lithograph. Date 1954. Signed in the plate

£850
bateau

Bateau

Original lithograph. Date 1954.

£450
tristesse-du-roi

Tristesse du Roi

Original lithograph. Date 1954. Signed in the plate. With vertical fold as issued.

sold
decoration masques

Decorations Masques

Original lithograph. Date 1954. Signed in the plate. With vertical folds as issued

£850