Matisse Notecard Folio
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Item #: 0817
Ten assorted full-color 5 x 7 in. blank notecards (5 each of 2 designs) with envelopes in a decorative folio
Published with The Barnes Foundation
Matisse Notecard Folio
Henri Matisse (1869–1954) was one of the most important painters of the twentieth century. From his sensational exhibition at the Paris Salon d’Automne of 1905, when art critic Louis Vauxcelles coined the term Fauve (wild beast) to describe Matisse’s use of unbridled color, to his last creative outpouring of large-scale “cutouts” (pieces of paper cut into organic shapes and pasted to a large paper support), Matisse’s work has influenced generations of artists.
Although classically trained at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, Matisse quickly rejected traditional illusionistic representation in favor of flat areas of vivid color and uneven smears of paint in his portraits, landscapes, and still lifes. In 1898, Matisse married Amélie Parayre, who would soon become one of his most important models, posing for many of his most revolutionary Fauve portraits.
Early on, Matisse developed an interest in exotic fabrics and brightly patterned textiles, using them as compositional elements to boost his expansive and highly circulatory designs. The two remarkable paintings in this folio depict Madame Matisse wearing one of the painter’s favorite fabrics, a brilliant red and yellow scarf. In Red Madras Headdress (Madame Matisse: Madras rouge)—probably a study for The Red Madras Headdress—the repetition of red and yellow motifs in his model’s dress, her scarf, and the bouquet of yellow flowers creates a revolving pattern of expansive color. In The Red Madras Headdress, one of Matisse’s most revolutionary works, Madame Matisse’s body and head are enlarged to fill the confines of the canvas, placing more emphasis on her masklike eyes and boldly outlined, flat face. Although this painting is filled with emotion, the feeling is conveyed not traditionally, through facial expression, but in the vibrant juxtaposition of curving, rhythmic forms and brilliant, unexpected color combinations.
These two stunning works are from the superb 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 5 each of the following images:
The Red Madras Headdress, 1907
Red Madras Headdress (Madame Matisse: Madras rouge), 1907