We cannot examine the abstract works of our masters collection without studying the revered Henri Matisse, whose heavy footprint in 20th century art will live on for centuries to come. Right alongside the greats such as Picasso and Van Gogh, Matisse is a household name in the art world both for his changing style throughout the decades and the strong moods and emotions his work evokes. Throughout his nearly six decades as an artist Matisse lived through world wars, revolutions, traumatic political events, and changing ideologies. Yet, unlike many great painters his work was not a commentary on society but rather a separation from it by expressing a sense of peace and purity. Perhaps retreating into his own serene artistic world was his way of coping with the world around him.

The work of Henri Matisse can hardly be defined by one category let alone one medium. The scope of his artistic expression was vast across techniques, styles, and imagery. Unlike most great artists who were practically born with paintbrush in hand, Matisse did not develop an interest in art until he was twenty one years old. However, once he did his career quickly shot off as he sought artistic training in Paris and soon after had his first exhibitions.

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Luxe, calme et volupté (1904)

At the turn of the 20th century Matisse was exposed to the “Pointillist” style and began experimenting with color after being inspired by the lighting of San-Tropez (right). He dappled in drawing, sculpture, and line work and continued to experiment with expression and emotion through art. As he became more successful he began traveling more, finding inspiration in Germany, Spain, and North Africa. However, the work that we are most excited to share with you came at his latest stage in life in the early 1940s. After sickness left him often bedridden or bound to a wheelchair he began experimenting with paper cut outs which he would use to create lively, colorful images. One of his greatest successes with this medium was his complete decoration of the Chapel of the Rosary in Vence from 1948 to 1951. Matisse died on November 3, 1954, at the age of 84, in Nice.

Baterbys is honored to display the cut out collection of Matisse such as Apollon (top) and Lierre (below). Soak in the serene vibes and appreciate the bold colors of this artistic mastermind. You can own your very own Matisse for a discounted rate only during the month of October as we pay homage to one of the most innovative and influential artists of the 20th century.

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