Woman with a Hat The movement as such lasted only a few years, —, and had three exhibitions.
Not only were they visually appealing, these items also served as subject matter for his work—perhaps one reason why he seems to have rarely faced creative block throughout his prolific, five-decade career.
Though the surgery to remove the rare intestinal cancer ended up saving his life, the elderly artist nearly died from complications. Afterwards, he had to spend his remaining years in bed, or in a wheelchair.
But rather than let his bedridden state mark the end of his creative output, though, Matisse saw it as an opportunity for new beginnings. He reorganized his bedroom so that everything he needed to make art was within reach: For paintings and larger drawings, Matisse would attach a paintbrush or pieces of charcoal to the edge of a long pole, allowing him to reach the easel at the end of his bed.
Even as his physical condition deteriorated further, forcing him to eventually give up painting, Matisse continued to make art in the form of cut-outs, a cut-paper technique he first explored in the previous decade. Now, the artist had assistants pre-paint pieces of paper with gouache in his preferred hues, which he would cut into various shapes and paste onto paper, all from the comfort of his bed.
This allowed the artist to create art on a scale more monumental than ever before, despite his limited mobility.
Some works, like Swimming Poolmeasured up to 54 feet in width. In letters to his son, Pierre, the elder Matisse described this unexpected creative outburst post-surgery.
It gave me a new equilibrium.
It put my ideas in order. It gave me a second life.La Gerbe. x cm. previous next back to thumbnails. © Succession H.
Matisse , for all works by the artist. Henri Matisse, born at Le Cateau-Cambresis (Nord, France), was one of the leaders of avant-garde modern art before the First World War. He was famous for his brilliant and expressive use of colour, and his bold innovations.
His artistic identity evolved slowly and with apparent difficulty. Although. Apr 03, · Henri Matisse pioneered the style of Fauvism, a style of broad, visible brushstrokes and strong, unrealistic colors that clashed with Hitler’s vision of proper artwork.
Matisse once declared that he wanted his art to be one "of balance, of purity and serenity devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter," and this aspiration was an important influence on some, such as Clement Greenberg, who looked to art to provide shelter from the disorientation of the modern initiativeblog.comality: French.
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