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 11 x 14-inch reproduction of Henri Matisse's Icarus, a plate from the volume Jazz (published 1947), accompanies the exhibition In Celebration of Paul Mellon. Derived from maquettes of cut and pasted colored papers, this bold and playful image of the mythological Icarus was printed using a stencil technique.
- 11 x 14 inches