Henri Matisse collectibles



2015-06-26 11:02:16

Henri Matisse (1869 – 1954) was a French painter and sculpture, and is today regarded as being among the most acclaimed and imitated of modern artists. He also originated the Fauvist movement.

Early life

Matisse was born on December 31, 1869 in Le Cateau-Cambrésis, northern France. He pursued a law career until, in 1890, an attack of appendicitis led him to become intrigued by painting. In 1892, Matisse had left behind his law career to go to Paris and study art, later joining Gustave Moreau's studio at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts.


The artist’s mark on painting history was partly due to his innovations which shocked many of his contemporaries at the time. Matisse’s works gained acceptance after generating much controversy.

In particular, his works are characterised by bold uses of colour, influenced by the likes of Paul Gauguin and Paul Cézanne and liberal-minded themes.

Notable sales

Henri Matisse's Nu de dos, 4 état (Back IV), dated to 1930, sold for a World Record price of $48,802,500 at Christie's New York Evening Sale of Impressionist and Modern Art in November 2010.

The work is a monumental bronze from Matisse's most celebrated series bronze sculptures.

In 2007, Odalisque, harmonie bleue, painted in 1937 by Henri Matisse, sold for $33.6 million and was the most expensive work at Christie’s New York’s Impressionist and Modern Art sale.

See main article: Top 10 Henri Matisse artworks sold at auction.

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