36 x 103 cm
Henri Matisse (1869-1954) is known as one of the greatest renewers of European art in the first half of the 20th century. His works are characterized by simple shapes in vibrant colors. Because of his bold color palette, in 1905 Matisse’s works were slandered in Paris with the cuss word “Fauves”. This marked the birth of Fauvism, which Matisse was the most notable representative of. In the 1940s, Matisse suffered from severe sickness, being barely able to even hold a paintbrush. He then switched to producing his scissor cuts (gouaches découpées), which boasted great color and form and would go on to define the height of his career.