Henri Matisse was a painter, graphic artist, designer and sculptor. Along with Picasso, he was the foremost painter of the 1920s, admired for his sensitivity of line and the beauty of his palette. Moving from Impressionism to Neo-Impressionism to Fauvism, Matisse lived through poverty and immense wealth to become a patronised and revered painter of great importance.
His work was joyous, and Matisse was, in his old-age, advised by his doctors to wear dark glasses as the colours in his palette were so bright. In the 1950s, Matisse began creating paintings using paint and paper cut outs. He produced many paintings and designs using this technique. His art has an astonishing force. His celebration of bright colors and light reached its peak in 1917 when he began to spend time on the French Riviera at Nice and Vence.
In 1941 Matisse was diagnosed with cancer and was permanently confined to a wheelchair. As he could paint no loner, he turned to another form of artistic expression. He created paper cut-outs in the same vivid, strong colors and daring compositions known from his paintings. He worked on paper cutout until the day of his death. Pablo Picasso once said about his great friend Matisse "All things considered, there is only Matisse".
"A colorist makes his presence known even in a single charcoal drawing."
"I'lI have always tried to hide my efforts and wished my works to have the light joyousness of springtime, which never lets anyone suspect the labors it has cost me."