About the Artist

French artist, Henri Matisse (1869-1954) was known for his use of colour and his fluid and original
draughtsmanship. He was a draughtsman, printmaker, and sculptor, but is
known primarily as a painter. Matisse is commonly regarded, along with
Picasso and Marcel Duchamp, as one of the three artists who helped to
define the revolutionary developments in the plastic arts in the opening
decades of the 20th century, responsible for significant developments in
painting and sculpture. Although he was initially labelled a Fauve
(wild beast), by the 1920s he was increasingly hailed as an upholder of the
classical tradition in French painting. His mastery of the expressive
language of colour and drawing, displayed in a body of work spanning over a
half-century, won him recognition as a leading figure in modern art.