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The 1000++ Artworks of Henri Matisse

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Henri Matisse - Harmony in RedHarmony in RedHenri Matisse

The Dessert: Harmony in Red is a painting by French artist Henri Matisse, from 1908. It is considered by some critics to be Matisse's masterpiece. This Fauvist painting follows the example set by Impressionism with the overall lack of a central focal point.
The painting was ordered as 'Harmony...

Hermitage Museum (St. Petersburg, Russia)
 
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Henri Matisse - Blue Nude IIIBlue Nude IIIHenri Matisse

The series of paintings, which are known as the blue nudes, were painted between 1952 and 53 using the gouache découpage method. They illustrate how provocative a simple design can be. Matisse used simple cut shapes to construct the images and uses the colour blue because of its obvious ties with nu...

Musée National d'Art Moderne (Paris, France)
 
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Henri Matisse - Luxe, Calme, et Volupté (compositional study)Luxe, Calme, et Volupté (compositional study)Henri Matisse

Luxe, Calme et Volupté is an oil painting by Henri Matisse. It was painted in 1904, after a summer spent working in St. Tropez on the French Riviera alongside the neo-Impressionist painters Paul Signac and Henri Edmond Cross. The painting is Matisse's most important work in which he used the Divisio...

Musée d'Orsay (Paris, France)
 
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Henri Matisse - Dance (II)Dance (II)Henri Matisse
260 x 391 cm, (1910)

There are two versions of The Dance, the first, painted in March of 1909, is the study for the second one, completed in 1910. The large work, painted along the lines of William Blake’s painting “Oberon, Titania and Puck with Fairies Dancing,” was painted along with its companion piece, Music, which ...

Hermitage Museum (St. Petersburg, Russia)
 
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Henri Matisse - Portrait of Mme. MatissePortrait of Mme. MatisseHenri Matisse
41 x 33 cm, (1905)

In his green stripe portrait of his wife, he has used color alone to describe the image. Her oval face is bisected with a slash of green and her coiffure, purpled and top-knotted, juts against a frame of three jostling colors. Her right side repeats the vividness of the intrusive green; on her left,...

 
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Henri Matisse - GoldfishGoldfishHenri Matisse

Like his contemporaries, Matisse was aware of the liberating aesthetic and picture making influence of Japanese art on his predecessors from the impressionists to the postimpressionists. The following painting, The goldfish 1912, is possibly inspired by the many oriental images of goldfish that he w...

Pushkin State Museum (Moscow, Russia)
 
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Henri Matisse - Basket with OrangesBasket with OrangesHenri Matisse
94 x 83 cm, (1913)

Oranges were more than food for Matisse. They were to him what apples were for Cezanne. They became signs of joy, discs of pure color. One of the proudest moments of Matisse's life was when Picasso bought his Basket of Oranges in 1945. Matisse reciprocated by sending Picasso a crate of real oranges ...

Musée du Louvre (Paris, France)
 
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Henri Matisse - Landscape viewed from a WindowLandscape viewed from a WindowHenri Matisse

its bold color and flat perspective reflects a Moroccan influence in Matisse's work. This was among several works acquired directly from Matisse in Paris by the Russian collector Ivan Morozov. After the Russian Revolution the Morozov collection was confiscated and eventually by 1948 the collection ...

Pushkin State Museum (Moscow, Russia)
 
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Henri Matisse - The Flowing HairThe Flowing HairHenri Matisse

Boucher was a master painter, and his most revered scenes are those of the quaint countryside, depicting idyllic pastoral scenes and classical themes. His depictions in the pastoral genre excluded the harsh realities of live, and brought the beauty of the countryside into the homes of aristocratic s...

 
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Henri Matisse - Le bonheur de vivreLe bonheur de vivreHenri Matisse

Le bonheur de vivre (The joy of Life), is a painting by Henri Matisse. In the central background of the piece is a group of figures that is similar to the group depicted in his painting The Dance (second version).

 
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Henri Matisse - MusicMusicHenri Matisse

'Music forms a pair to ''The Dance'', also painted in 1910. After the collector Sergey Shchukin commissioned ''The Dance'', he wrote to Matisse asking for another panel on the subject of music. It is only when seen together that they acquire their full resonance.'

 
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Henri Matisse - ConversationConversationHenri Matisse

This painting portrays Matisse and his wife, facing each other in a blue room, and was created specifically for the collection of Russian art collector Sergei Shchukin, where it hung in his house until it was sized during the Russian Revolution of 1917, and later donated to the public. In the painti...

 
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Henri Matisse - A Glimpse of Notre-Dame in the Late AfternoonA Glimpse of Notre-Dame in the Late AfternoonHenri Matisse
72 x 54 cm, (1902)

The dark colors and somber mood in this painting exhibit what had been come to be known as Matisse’s dark period, a time when he was going through personal difficulties. One personal difficulty was that Matisse was not able to find many buyers for his works, which made it hard to provide for his fam...

 
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Henri Matisse - Three SistersThree SistersHenri Matisse
92 x 73 cm, (1917)
 
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Henri Matisse - La Danse (first version)La Danse (first version)Henri Matisse

This is the preliminary version of two related paintings made by Henri Matisse between 1909 and 1910. In March 1909 Matisse painted this, known as La Danse (I). This painting is study for the second version. It was compositional study and uses paler colors and less detail. The painting was highly re...