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Lithograph by Henri Matisse "Icarus" (Jazz 1947) on wove paper. This one of a kind piece was originally housed loose (unbound) in the portfolio. The dimensions are approx. 20 x 18 inches.
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Henri Matisse (1869-1954)Ã‚Â Henri Matisse is widely regarded as the greatest colorist of the twentieth century and as a rival toÃ‚Â Pablo PicassoÃ‚Â in the importance of his innovations. He emerged as aÃ‚Â Post-Impressionist, and first achieved prominence as the leader of the French movementÃ‚Â Fauvism. Although interested inÃ‚Â Cubism, he rejected it, and instead sought to use color as the foundation for expressive, decorative, and often monumental paintings. As he once controversially wrote, he sought to create an art that would be "a soothing, calming influence on the mind, rather like a good armchair." Still life and the nude remained favorite subjects throughout his career; North Africa was also an important inspiration, and, towards the end of his life, he made an important contribution to collage with a series of works using cut-out shapes of color. He is also highly regarded as a sculptor.
Scholars in the 1950s described Matisse and Fauvism as a precursor ofÃ‚Â Abstract ExpressionismÃ‚Â and much of modern art. Several Abstract Expressionists trace their lineage to him, though for different reasons. Some, likeÃ‚Â Lee Krasner, are influenced by his various media; Matisse's paper cut-outs inspired her to cut up her own paintings and reassemble them.Ã‚Â Color field painters, such asÃ‚Â Mark RothkoÃ‚Â andÃ‚Â Kenneth Noland, were taken with his broad fields of bright color, as in theÃ‚Â Red StudioÃ‚Â (1911).Ã‚Â Richard Diebenkorn, on the other hand, was more interested in how Matisse created the illusion of space and the spatial tension between his subject matter and the flat canvas. Others, likeÃ‚Â Robert Motherwell, did not show Matisse's influence directly in their artwork, but were influenced by his view of painting color and form. Matisse's art continues to beguile not only artists, but also collectors, who have bought his paintings for as much as $17 million. And as several recent and upcoming blockbuster exhibitions suggest, he continues to be a favorite of the public worldwide.
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