About the Artist
Henri Matisse (1869–1954) was a revolutionary French painter, printmaker, draftsman, and sculptor. He is widely recognized as the leader of the modern art movement fauvism, which is characterized by the use of strong color and bold, expressive brushstrokes. He drew and painted from nature, frequently depicting still life scenes and women, placing his figures in fully realized interiors. Later, Matisse's cut-paper collages became the technique he referred to as "painting with scissors."
This boxed note card set features five works by Henri Matisse, including Open Window, Collioure (1905) from the National Gallery of Art collection. A small but explosive work, Open Window is an icon of early modernism, celebrated as one of the most important early paintings of the fauve school. Fauvist paintings are distinguished by a startling palette of saturated, unmixed colors and broad brushstrokes. The effect is one of spontaneity, although the works reveal a calculated assimilation of techniques from post-impressionism and neo-impressionism. Open Window represents the very inception of the new manner in Matisse's art.
- 20 note cards with envelopes