Printer Friendly Version

Henri Matisse



It's all about Drawing
Henri Matisse, French (1869-1954), <i>Woman with Folded Hands</i>, 1918-1919, pen and india ink on white paper, ©Succession H. Matisse, Paris/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York</i>
zoom Henri Matisse, French (1869-1954), Woman with Folded Hands, 1918-1919, pen and india ink on white paper, ©Succession H. Matisse, Paris/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

 

Henri Matisse did not plan on being an artist. He began his artistic career while working as a lawyer, by taking an early-morning drawing class. It was not long, however, before he went against his father’s wishes and became a professional artist. Perhaps because of those early classes, drawing always remained important to him.

Matisse’s drawings reflect the different styles and techniques he used over the course of his career. Works like Woman with Folded Hands are quick sketches that capture a moment, a form, or a feeling. Other drawings, such as The Music Lesson, where Matisse was experimenting with pattern, are carefully detailed. Matisse chose to simplify the figures in his drawings. But he could also do very realistic work, as in his lithograph Odalisque with Bowl of Fruit.


spacer related images 1.  + 2.  + spacer bracket spacer
spacer
spacer
1. Here Matisse is experimenting with patterns. Are the women the subject of this drawing or just a part of the pattern?
The Music Lesson, 1926, black crayon on paper, ©Succession H. Matisse, Paris/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
2. This image shows that Matisse was truly a master draftsman. Odalisque with Bowl of Fruit, 1925, lithograph, ©Succession H. Matisse, Paris/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

 

spacer
   
 
November 2006