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WHO IS…HENRI MATISSE?

Posted 29 April 2014 by Becs

Henri Matisse is a French artist known for making colourful works of art. He used a variety of materials in his work, including oil paint, bronze and he would also make drawings using charcoal. As Matisse became older, he began to work with brightly coloured paper and used scissors to cut out shapes, animals, leaves, dancers and flowers and then arrange them.

This piece shows the different ways Matisse would cut out paper, from larger shapes like the purple horse, to more careful and detailed cutting involved in the yellow, white and black shapes:

Henri Matisse The Horse, the Rider and the Clown 1943–4 © Succession H. Matisse / DACS 2014 Photo: Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Jean-Claude Planchet

Henri Matisse The Horse, the Rider and the Clown 1943–4 © Succession H. Matisse / DACS 2014 Photo: Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Jean-Claude Planchet

Here, Matisse has created many shapes that look similar to each other, but each one is a unique leaf. You can see how the artist has repeated these similar shapes, almost filling the entire piece with leaves:

Henri Matisse The Sheaf 1953 Collection University of California, Los Angeles. Hammer Museum © Succession Henri Matisse / DACS 2013

Henri Matisse The Sheaf 1953 Collection University of California, Los Angeles. Hammer Museum
© Succession Henri Matisse / DACS 2013

This piece shows Matisse’s interest in bright colour. Here he has arranged complimentary colours alongside each other to create a vibrant effect, for example you’ll see that the green touching the red, and the blue next to the orange really attract your eye’s attention!

Henri Matisse The Snail 1953 © Succession H. Matisse / DACS 2014

Henri Matisse The Snail 1953 © Succession H. Matisse / DACS 2014

Plus! We’ve just been emailed a photo of two visitors to the Matisse exhibition, Charlie and Finn, who have created some cut-outs of their own after they were inspired by what they saw at the Tate Modern show. We hope you feel inspired to get cutting and making too!

Charlie and Finn with their Matisse-inspired creations

Charlie and Finn with their Matisse-inspired creations

 

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  1. Bea says:

    I saw this exibition and I really like the bee and the wolf because my favourate animal is a wolf and my name is Bea like Bee!

  2. barirah says:

    seems you had a good exbition

  3. Anonymous says:

    Henri Matisse is amazing

  4. niks says:

    Henri is a great guy :)

  5. niks says:

    He’s great

  6. bob says:

    need more stuff about him now!!!

  7. Rosie Newman says:

    It is a really good website that is very informative.

  8. QUEEFER!!!!! says:

    I QUEEF ALOT!!!!

  9. BUMSTICKLE says:

    LOL

  10. xx says:

    this website is ok. but it could be better I am not saying it is bad

  11. mw says:

    I like Henri Matisse paintings. loveeeee them

  12. sofia says:

    Is’s great.
    his paintings are so cool

  13. rosie says:

    epic website

  14. karen says:

    cool i made one in the libry it was
    a snail

  15. hollie says:

    I thank the people who made this web site it really helped me do my homework

  16. fat boy says:

    I really hate his ugly pictures their don’t look perfect and any way i’m the best artist.

  17. R says:

    I really like his pictures because its fantastic

  18. random person says:

    Say what?

  19. hanna says:

    I have been learning about the snail for picture this in school.

  20. amy says:

    this work is realy good .

  21. Rachel says:

    There not lots of informant ,

  22. Bumf says:

    Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiii

  23. LOL says:

    this is awesome thxs homework over

  24. Sq hi says:

    Good

  25. Emmanuel and Tashi says:

    This website gives me a good taste about Henri Matisse and really good facts maybe we might draw a painting.

  26. Jeff says:

    I really like the way kids get inspired

  27. George says:

    Homework is DONE!!

  28. Anonymous says:

    gooooooooooo henri

  29. Archuna says:

    i am using this info to complete my homework

  30. Anonymous says:

    cool

  31. jimmy says:

    HENRI MATTISE IS BEAST

  32. Rebekah T says:

    I have homework on Henry Matisse and need to research and can’t wait.

  33. Rebekah T says:

    nice drawings you guys worked really hard on these and it payed off

  34. Ellie says:

    Henri was a great artist! He has amazing art work

  35. Becs says:

    Good artwork though BUT MORE INTRESTING FACTS ABOUT HIM

  36. Anonymous says:

    good paintings!

  37. hannah says:

    not bad

  38. Unaisa says:

    Hey I’m so cool

  39. Anonymous says:

    thamks

  40. matilda says:

    I think their really cool

  41. charlie says:

    thats boring but cool

  42. Abhishek :-] says:

    Finally…Homework Finished !!!! Yayyyyyyy!

  43. jasmine says:

    I’d like to try and make one myself.

  44. amu says:

    you are stupid and i hate you. i live on smithey lane and i go to aks so yeah idiot

  45. troll no.21 says:

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS I FINISHED MY ART HOMEWORK

  46. ellie says:

    very good website

  47. Anonymous says:

    nice website

  48. Anonymous says:

    Lol

  49. Aiden says:

    It was really good

  50. Josh says:

    It was really good

  51. Courtney says:

    I want to impress my teachers so I did research this websites cool so much information

  52. jeff says:

    lol

  53. Dec says:

    Great artist

  54. meghan says:

    fab fab fab

  55. meghan says:

    faboulose and helped with my art project

  56. dereck says:

    I thought Charlie and Finn did a great job with those magnificent Matisse cut outs!

  57. Becky says:

    need more info

  58. Anonymous says:

    I really like the sheaf picture. I think that it is a really original idea and I have been inspired by it. I might even do some of my own cutting and sticking myself. I really like Henri Matisse and he is now one of my favourite artists. this really helped with my art homework. Thanks very much!

  59. connor says:

    I really like all henri’s pictures :):):)

  60. eva says:

    hi

  61. eva says:

    well done

  62. Matthew says:

    He is a great at art and shapes

  63. Matthew says:

    He is great

  64. Anonymous says:

    #hi

  65. hi says:

    your amazin

  66. connor says says:

    Hi your the best

  67. Ben O says:

    He is amazing

  68. Ben O says:

    Wow

  69. Jack says:

    I can’t see the snail in his work the snail

  70. Daina says:

    That looks cool

  71. fairy says:

    needs more info

  72. Pokemon Trainor says:

    Totally awesome Charlie and Finn

  73. Sally says:

    Rubbish

  74. now a fan of henri matisse says:

    I now really like henri matisse and I love this site I will use this site for all of my homework now!!

  75. Anonymous says:

    Looks lovely
    I like the good facts.

  76. Sophie says:

    I love him

  77. ghiu says:

    nice

  78. Lara says:

    Wow I want to do that but I don’t know how to paint

  79. Millie says:

    Really good

  80. Ella says:

    where does henri Matisse live ?

    There is lots of interesting facts here but there is one thing I was looking for and that was were he lives :(

  81. Maddie says:

    Cool website this helped me with my home work a lot.

  82. Bob ray says:

    I love all his work he is so cool

  83. Anonymous says:

    wow

  84. sophie says:

    Henri is an amazing painter he inspires me so much

  85. S,s,s, says:

    Best ever

  86. John says:

    He is rubbish!!!

  87. Eli says:

    I need to know more!