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 created cut-paper collages using a technique he referred to as "painting with scissors."
This pack contains postcard reproductions of eight works by Henri Matisse from the exhibition In Celebration of Paul Mellon. During the last 15 years of his life, Matisse developed his final artistic triumph by "cutting into color." Among his first adventures with paper cutouts was a cheerful book called Jazz, published in 1947. The title evoked for Matisse the idea of a structure of rhythm and repetition broken by the unexpected action of improvisations.
- Contains 8 postcards