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Henri Matisse (died 1954 aged 84) – Created artwork with colourful blocks of colour, scissor art and the art movement called "fauves"

(Pronounced hen-ree muh-tees)

Note: For some of Matisse's greatest artwork he was confined to his bed (and a wheelchair) and he produced cut-out art in blocks or mats of colour.

Matisse - On his mattress it was easier to cut out shapes

As he lay on his mattress, it was easier (Matisse) to cut out shapes with scissors than to do full-scale artwork. He even cut out a hen (Henri)

As he lay on his mattress, it was easier (Matisse) to cut out shapes with scissors than to do full-scale artwork. He even cut out a hen (Henri)

Henri Matisse and his friends were leaders of a style of art called "fauvism". They were known as "fauves" which translates from French to English as wild beasts.

Fauves - Wild beasts
(Pronounced - fohv)

To connect fauves to mats (Matisse) imagine a foe that roves (a wild beast) trying to get into the house past the mattress (Matisse).

To connect fauves to mats (Matisse) imagine a foe that roves (a wild beast) trying to get into the house past the mattress (Matisse) 

In his early life, Matisse concentrated on using saturated colours with limited detail and strong outlines.

In his early life Matisse concentrated on using saturated colours, limited detail with strong outlines and strong large mats of colour.

Nature morte au magnolia, 1941

Later in his life, Henri Matisse was restricted to his bed and a wheelchair and started producing artwork using scissors. He adopted a bolder, simplified form, using cut-paper collages. Sometimes they were patterns, sometimes life-forms. Shadows and perspective were abolished.

Later in his life Henri Matisse was restricted to a wheelchair, and started producing artwork using scissors: He adopted a bolder simplified form using cut paper collages. Sometimes just patterns and sometimes life forms but abolishing shadows and perspec

La tristesse du roi, 1952

The Sheaf (La Gerbe), 1953

A represtenation of The Sheaf (La Gerbe), 1953

A representation of The Snail (L'escargot), 1952

A representation of The Snail (L'escargot), 1953

Nobody before had created: Bold blocks of colour artwork using scissors

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