Happy birthday to Henri Matisse, born 143 years ago today!
You’ve likely seen many paintings by Matisse, but have you ever looked closely at his drawings? For Henri Matisse, drawing was an intimate medium, a means of capturing the fleeting gestures and emotions of both subject and artist. He made drawings to work out problems of structure and composition for subsequent works. Matisse viewed printmaking as an extension of drawing, and would turn to printmaking after extended periods of painting, as if to digest his experience through the use of a new medium. Between the years of 1900 and 1954, Matisse created more than 800 prints!
Image: Henri Matisse, Fée au chapeau de clarté, Souvenir du Mallarmé (Fairy in a Luminous Hat, Souvenir of Mallarmé), as viewed through Artscope.