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 collages using a technique he referred to as "painting with scissors."
This 11 x 14-inch reproduction of Henri Matisse's The Knife Thrower, a plate from the volume Jazz (published 1947), accompanies the exhibition In Celebration of Paul Mellon. Marking Matisse's transition from oil painting to cut-paper collages, Jazz comprises a set of 20 colored stencils. The subjects are taken largely from the circus, mythology, and memories of his travels.
- 11 x 14 inches