19 NOVEMBER – 24 DECEMBER 2021 Henri Matisse – lithographs

“From the moment I held the box of colours in my hands, I knew this was my life. I threw myself into it like a beast that plunges towards the thing it loves.”

Henri Matisse

Henri Matisse was an innovator in Modern Art. Born Henri Émile Benoît Matisse in northern France in 1869, he came to establish himself amongst the Fauve movement. This had intense colour at its forefront, representing feeling rather than as a mere replication of nature. Together with influences from earlier French masters and the Impressionists, Matisse developed his artwork in drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture, each piece being bold and strident.

Matisse moved to Nice and absorbed the Mediterranean intensity of colour. His work became bolder and more simplified, especially when cancer surgery left him immobile. Every day was precious to him and he worked feverishly on his art, producing works that we have represented in our exhibition.

Moving out of the city to a nearby village, Vence, Matisse concentrated on his cut-out technique, applying it to chapel windows and doors, and clerical vestments.

In 2014, Tate Modern paid homage to Matisse’s cut-outs with a very popular exhibition which highlighted this latter era of his work, and we are pleased to showcase a series of lithographs to celebrate it.

This is a fantastic opportunity to appreciate and purchase a piece of art history. We can supply as framed or unframed. Come and view.

Henri Matisse – lithographs

This exciting exhibition opens on Friday 19 November and runs through to Friday 24 December, on Wednesdays to Saturdays.

Nu Bleu 3 by Henri Matisse