France was humiliated and defeated. Like millions of other citizens driven from their homes by the German invaders, Matisse had fled south, taking no more than he could carry, living precariously from one day to the next, and ending up in Nice, where a nervous population expected imminent invasion by Fascist Italian troops. Matisse was 70, sick, helpless, fearful for his family and friends, and appalled by what had happened to his country. Anxiety and dread hung over his studio sessions. Toward the end of his life he told an interviewer that each canvas began as a flirtation and ended up as a rape.
Henri Matisse - Nude with a White Towel 1903
The Study of Gustave Moreau 65 x 81 cm. Private Collection The Maid 90 x 74 cm. Study of a Nude Bridgestone Museum of Art, Tokyo Still Life with Oranges II Washington University Gallery of Art St. Louis WA Standing Model 73 x 54 cm. Tate Gallery, London
This is an incomplete list of works by the French modern artist Henri Matisse 31 December — 3 November He is admired for his use of color and his fluid, brilliant and original draughtsmanship. He was a Master draughtsman , printmaker , and sculptor , but is known primarily as a painter. Matisse is regarded, with Pablo Picasso , as the greatest artist of the 20th century. Although he was initially labeled as a Fauve wild beast , by the s, he was increasingly hailed as an upholder of the classical tradition in French painting. His mastery of the expressive language of color and drawing, displayed in a body of work spanning over a half-century, won him recognition as a leading figure in modern art. Many of Matisse's sculptures were modeled in clay and later cast in bronze , a process which allows for multiple copies to be made. Because of that, many of these works exist in multiple copies and are in the collections of multiple museums. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.