Henri Matisse (French, 1869–1954), the supreme colorist of the twentieth century, was trained at the École des Beaux-arts in Paris but soon rejected classical representation in favor of utilizing flat areas of vivid color and uneven smears of paint in his portraits, landscapes, and still lifes—the result of an early interest in exotic fabrics and brightly patterned textiles. From his sensational exhibition at the Paris Salon d’Automne of 1905, when art critic Louis Vauxcelles flung the term fauve (wild animal) at Matisse for his use of unbridled color, to his last creative outpouring of large-scale cutouts, brightly colored pieces of paper cut into organic shapes and mounted on a large paper support, Matisse changed how we see the world.
The four works in this collection of notecards are from the collection of the Barnes Foundation in Pennsylvania, established by Dr. Albert C. Barnes in 1922 to “promote the advancement of education and the appreciation of the fine arts.”
Contains five each of the following notecards:
Figure with Bouquet, 1939
The Green Dress (La Robe verte), 1919
The Venetian Blinds (Les Persiennes), 1919
Young Girl on a Balcony over the Ocean (Jeune fille au balcon sur la mer), 1918