Category Archives: Henri Matisse

The Art Books of Henri Matisse at the Haggin Museum


Henri Matisse. "Icare (Icarus)." 1947. © 2008 Sucession H. Matisse, Paris/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.STOCKTON, CALIFORNIA — Now through September 20,  the Haggin Museum presents The Art Books of Henri Matisse, an exhibition of original illustrations and text by one of the preeminent artists of the 20th century.

Best known for his boldly colored paintings, Matisse began experimenting with printmaking in 1903 and eventually illustrated 12 books, each issued in a limited edition and signed by the artist. The exhibition includes text and original illustrations from four of Matisse’s most artistically significant books.

Henri Matisse influenced a diverse number of art movements, artists, and schools of thought. His influence and innovations continue to inspire scholarship, interest and appreciation among art historians and lovers of art. Over the course of his 60-year career, he created a body of work that comprised paintings, drawings, prints, cutouts and sculpture, as well as costume and stage set designs.

Matisse was in his sixties and a renowned artist when he began to make books. Though the making of books was a new artistic realm for Matisse, he regarded the prints he created for books as an extension of drawing. The same flowing lines that characterized so many of his paintings carried over to the printmaking medium and related illustrations.

Among the printmaking techniques he used were etching, linoleum cuts, and lithography. While there are many shared elements between Matisse’s painting and his book illustration, there were some constraints that informed his process and approach. In book illustration, the goal was to establish a relationship between drawing and the existing text.

Working within the defined space of a book also created practical limitations not typical in painting. Visual images can be absorbed instantaneously, while the absorption of text requires a slower process of reading and analysis. For this reason, book illustration is valuable not only as an art form but also as a unique combination of the written word and visual art.


Henri Matisse once said, “Creativity takes courage,” – do you agree?


BBC1 Announces Modern Masters Arts Series


Modern Masters, four-part peaktime arts documentary series for BBC1, to consider Picasso, Dali, Matisse, Warhol

UNITED KINGDOM / July 9, 2009 — BBC1 is to launch a new peaktime arts documentary series looking at the impact of four major artists on the world.

Modern Masters, which will feature Picasso, Dali, Matisse and Warhol, was confirmed by BBC1 controller Jay Hunt at the unveiling of the channel’s autumn season launch today, although it is not due to air until next year.

The four-part series, for which a presenter has yet to be named, will look in depth at each artist and “explore why these modern masters deserve their fame and how their legacy continues to pervade our culture and everyday lives.”

The first episode will profile Pablo Picasso, from his early career in Spain and Paris and his first figurative works through to the birth of cubism and his influence on architecture and fashion. Episode two will feature Salvador Dali and the birth of surrealism, while Henri Matisse will appear in the third. The final film looks at Andy Warhol, moving through his most memorable images and looking at their current appeal and impact on the world of advertising and media.

“This bold new series looks at how the work of four iconic artists has influenced our lives,” said Hunt, who commissioned the show. “It tackles why modern art matters and I am thrilled to have such an ambitious piece on BBC1.”

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Henri Matisse Exhibit Opens in Spain

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MADRID, SPAIN — From June 9, the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza is presenting the exhibition Matisse: 1917-1941, comprising a survey of the artist’s work during the central period of his career. The exhibition’s curator has selected 74 paintings, sculptures and drawings, most of which have never been previously exhibited in Spain, loaned from about fifty museums and collections world-wide.

Matisse: 1917-1941 aims to analyse Matisse’s work over a lengthy period that has until now been of less scholarly interest than the start and end of his career. It proposes to establish the keys to this period in the light of the artistic climate in which the artist was working. Marked by the shadow of World War I and the forebodings of the next world war, for modern art this was a period of rapid ascent and growing public acceptance. Together with Picasso, Matisse occupied a central role in this flourishing period and it was precisely in order to attain this position that he decided to move away from Paris, isolate himself in Nice, and submerge himself in a systematic process of research of the characteristics of the new painting…Read the Full Article

Henri Matisse, Odalisque with a Turkish Chair, 1927-28. Oil on canvas, 60 x 73 cm. Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris

Henri Matisse, Odalisque with a Turkish Chair, 1927-28. Oil on canvas, 60 x 73 cm. Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris

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There is Nothing More Artistic Than to Love Others

Big Love IX by Simon BullArt is not the application of a canon of beauty but what the instinct and the brain can conceive beyond any canon. When we love a woman we don’t start measuring her limbs.”
~ Pablo Picasso

Love is probably the strongest and most fulfilling emotion we will experience and it underlies and informs all our enthusiasms…we, as ordinary beings become transformed for the better by love. We are literally filled with emotion, which engenders a positive outlook and truly engages us with others and the world…”
~ Peter Nixon

“Poetry and painting are done in the same way you make love; it’s an exchange of blood, a total embrace – without caution, without any thought of protecting yourself.”
~ Joan Miro

Rhapsody Love by Csaba Markus“Creativity begins with an affinity for something. It’s like falling in love.”
~ Csaba Markus

“In our life there is a single color, as on an artist’s palette, which provides the meaning of life and art. It is the color of love.”
~ Marc Chagall

“Through art, I want to share a part of myself. I want people to see the love that I put into it.”
~ Marcus Glenn

Love wants to rise, not to be held down by anything base… He who loves flies, runs, and rejoices; he is free and nothing holds him back.”
~ Henri Matisse

Crazy in Love by Alex Gockel“(My work) comes from the love to paint. That’s the love that runs in my blood and is the center of my life.”
~ Itzchak Tarkay

Love is when the desire to be desired takes you so badly that you feel you could die of it.”
~ Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

“The more I think about it, the more I realize there is nothing more artistic than to love others.”
~ Vincent van Gogh