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Henri Matisse
[French Fauvist Painter and Sculptor, 1869-1954]

• Relationships: Grandfather of Paul Matisse.
Matisse's students included Max Weber.
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I have painted almost 1,200 pictures. More than 2,500 of them are in the USA. -- Henri Matisse
Henri Matisse was the most important French painter of the 20th century, rivaling Picasso in his influence.

His background was diverse. He studied under Bouguereau and Gustave Moreau and experimented with Pointillism, which he found rigidly confining. Later, building on the work of Cézanne and Gauguin, he and Andre Derain developed Fauvism, a much freer and more expressive style of painting which was in fact the forerunner of Expressionism.


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Museums and Public Art Galleries Worldwide:
Notable SiteArt Institute of Chicago   NEW!

Notable SiteDallas Museum of Art, Texas   NEW!
(There is a "Download" link for zooming in on some works, but confusingly this may take a while to become active)

Notable SiteHenri Matisse at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan
6 works online

Notable SiteFine Arts Museums of San Francisco   NEW!
Many works online

Notable SiteFitzwilliam Museum PHAROS Website, Cambridge, UK

Notable SiteGuggenheim Museum, New York City
2 works online

Notable SiteHermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Henriette III, sculpture, 1929

Notable SiteHermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia
64 paintings, drawings and sculptures online

Notable SiteHermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia

Notable SiteMatisse Museum, Nice, France

Notable SiteMetropolitan Museum of Art, New York City   NEW!

Notable SiteMusée d'Orsay, Paris
Artworks in the museum's collections database

Notable SiteMuseum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
Olga Merson, 1911

Notable SiteMuseum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
Backs I-IV

Notable SiteMuseum of Fine Arts, Boston   NEW!
Drawings collection online

Notable SiteMuseum of Modern Art, New York City
Illustration from Poesies, 1932
(In the "Etching" section)

Notable SiteMuseum of Modern Art, New York City
Includes biographical information about the artist

Notable SiteNational Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh   NEW!

Notable SiteNational Gallery, London, UK
Portrait of Greta Moll

Notable SiteNational Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.   NEW!
Includes a biography of the artist

Notable SiteNational Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.   NEW!
Henri Matisse and the Fauves

Notable SiteNational Gallery of Australia, Canberra

Notable SiteNational Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
Henriette II (Large Head)
Nude on a Yellow Sofa

Notable SiteNorton Simon Museum, Pasadena, California

Notable SiteSan Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Notable SiteTate Gallery, London, UK

Accademia Carrara, Bergamo, Italy (in Italian)  
Donne sul sofà, 1921
N.B. The zoom-in feature ("esplora") only works with Internet Explorer

Allen Art Museum at Oberlin College, Ohio
Young Girl Seated (La Biche)

Allen Art Museum at Oberlin College, Ohio
Reclining Nude (Nu allonge), drawing

Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales, Cardiff

Art Collection of the Biblioteca Luis Ángel Arango, Colombia

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto - Provenance Research
Jeannette V

Ashmolean Museum at the University of Oxford, UK

Ball State Museum of Art, Indiana
Reclining Ballerina, 1927

Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland
Purple Robe and Anemones, 1937

Beaverbrook Art Gallery, New Brunswick

Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University, Illinois

Brooklyn Museum, New York City

Centre Pompidou, Paris
Information dossier on the artist

Céret Museum of Modern Art, France (in French)  

Charleston, the country home of the Bloomsbury Group, East Sussex, England

Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, Virginia

Cincinnati Art Museum, Ohio   NEW!
Romanian Blouse, 1937

Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio

Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio
Yellow Roses with Cage of Parakeets, 1924

Courtauld Institute of Art, London, UK
8 works by or related to the artist

Currier Gallery of Art, New Hampshire

David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
Several works online

E.G. Bührle Collection, Zurich
(Click on the title to see a specific work, then click on the image to enlarge)

E.G. Bührle Collection, Zurich
(Click on the title to see a specific work, then click on the image to enlarge)
Still Life, 1907-08
The Pont Saint-Michel, Paris, 1903

Falmouth Art Gallery, England
Coquelicots - Poppies

Goulandris Foundation Museum of Contemporary Art, Andros Island, Greece
Some information about a 1988 exhibition

Haifa Museum, Haifa, Israel

Harvard University Art Museums, Massachusetts
Harvard have works in their collections, but unfortunately you have to type in the search yourself

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.   NEW!

Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana

Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
Portrait of Alexina Matisse

Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
The Horse, the Rider, and the Clown

Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska
Head of a Woman, 1917

Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas   NEW!

Kunsthaus Zurich

Kunstmuseum Basel, Switzerland
Alphabetically under "M"

Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Dusseldorf, Germany

Los Angeles County Museum of Art   NEW!

Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, New York
Girl with a Tricorne (Vénitienne)

Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis, Missouri

Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minnesota

Musée Cantini, Marseilles, France (in French)  
Académie d'homme

Musée de Grenoble, France (in French)  
Nature Morte au Tapis Rouge

Musée de l'Orangerie, Paris (in French)  

Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux, France (in French)  

Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, France (in French)  

Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, France (in French)  
Jeune femme en blanc, fond rouge (Modèle allongé, robe blanche)

Musee Matisse, Le Cateau-Cambresis, France (in French)  

Museu de Arte de São Paulo, Brazil (in Portuguese)  

Museum of Modern Art, New York City - Provenance Research Project
23 works by Matisse

Museums of Geneva, Switzerland (in French)  
Information about a 2006 exhibition

Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, Texas

National Gallery of Victoria, Australia
2 works online

National Museum of Art of Romania
The Romanian Blouse

New Art Gallery, Walsall, England
Woman with Oriental Veil

North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh
Femme au Chapeau, 1944

Palazzo Ruspoli, Rome (in Italian)  

Palm Springs Desert Museum, California
Primavera (Spring), 1938

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, Florida
2 prints online

Princeton University Art Museum, New Jersey

Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, Saint Louis, Missouri

Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow
Red Fish, 1912

Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium Catalogue (in French)  
Nature morte. Intérieur rouge de Venise

Saint Louis Art Museum, Missouri
Bathers with a Turtle, 1908

Saint Louis Art Museum, Missouri
3 works online

San Diego Museum of Art, California   NEW!

Santa Barbara Museum of Art, California
Pont Saint-Michel, ca.1901

Seattle Art Museum

Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago

Staatsgalerie Stuttgart (in German)  
La Coiffure (The Coiffure)

State Museums of Berlin

State Museums of Florence Digital Archive, Italy

Studio Esseci, Italy (in Italian)  
Click "Immagini" to see a large image from a 2003 exhibition

The Albertina Graphic Art Databank, Vienna (in German)  

The Barnes Foundation, Pennsylvania
Joy of Life, 1905-06

The Coe College Permanent Collection of Art, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Madame de Pompadour, detail

Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid
(Images are zoomable; click on the "expand" icon below the detail image)

University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City

University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City
Blue Interior with Two Girls, 1947

University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, Alberta, Canada
4 works by Henri Matisse when last checked

Walker Art Center, Minnesota

Wallraf-Richartz-Museum, Cologne, Germany (mostly in German)  
Korsika, die alte Mühle, 1898

Weatherspoon Art Museum at The University of North Carolina, Greensboro
2 works online

Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, UK
Search results for "Henri Matisse"

Wichita Art Museum, Kansas

National Art Databases and Museum Inventories:

Danish Museums Online (in Danish)  
(You can switch to English by going to the very top of the site, but the viewable works are much fewer)

Smithsonian American Art Museum National Art Inventories
List of works nationwide from two sources: the Inventory of American Paintings Executed before 1914 and the Inventory of American Sculpture (only a few percent of listings have an accompanying image)

Art Market:
(e.g. records of past sales at auction; sites providing examples of the artist's signature)
Art Signature Dictionary   NEW!

Christie's Past Sale Archive
(database goes as far back as 1991; images go about as far back as 1999)

Sotheby's Sold Lot Archive
(database goes as far back as 1998; images where permitted by copyright go about as far back as 2001)

Pictures from Image Archives:
Notable SiteHenri Matisse
Website about Henri Matisse and his artworks

Notable SiteHenri Matisse at The Athenaeum
33 works online by Matisse

Notable SiteHenri Matisse in the WebMuseum

Notable SiteWikimedia Commons Image Database  
Photograph of the artist

Notable SiteWorld Visit Guide (formerly Insecula)

Bert Christensen's Cyberspace Home

Bildindex der Kunst und Architektur (in German)  
(a welcome screen is displayed for a couple of seconds before the search results appear)

Henri Matisse at CGFA

Ciudad de la Pintura (in Spanish)  

El Poder de la Palabra (The Power of the Word) (in Spanish)  

Humanities Web

Henri Matisse at ImageNETion

Mary Ann Sullivan's Digital Imaging Project
Back I, II, III, IV

Mondo Mostre, Milan (in Italian)  
Unidentified painting (ship in canal), signed by Matisse

Mondo Mostre, Milan (in Italian)  
Scroll down for a work from the 2005 exhibition Masterpieces from the Guggenheim

Mondo Mostre, Milan (in Italian)  
La Danse

New York Public Library Digital Gallery

Olga's Gallery

PBase Photo Sharing
(Tip: Set the image size to "original" to see photos at their highest resolution)
Jeannette IV, bronze sculpture, 1910-13

PBase Photo Sharing
(Tip: Set the image size to "original" to see photos at their highest resolution)
Jeannette V, bronze sculpture, 1910-13

PBase Photo Sharing
(Tip: Set the image size to "original" to see photos at their highest resolution)
Photographs from the Musee Matisse Cateau-Cambraisis

Rasiel's Wallpapers
(Click on the size of the scan you wish to view)

State Hermitage Museum Unofficial Site

The ArtFile

The Halter Collection

USC Annenberg School for Communication

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Miscellaneous Sites:
California Literary Review
Woman in Blue, 1937

FBI Art Theft Program
Luxembourg Garden, 1905, stolen from the Museu Chacara do Céu, Rio de Janeiro


Peter Nahum At The Leicester Galleries, London, UK
Archive of past displayed works which are "sold" or "not for sale"

The Fine Arts Conservancy, Florida
Interesting before-and-after examples of artwork restorations
Dancer in Repose, Print

The Modernist Journals Project
(Click "Retrieve Images" to see artworks)

Unofficial Site for the Musée Matisse, Le Cateau, France (in French)  

Articles and Reference Sites:
Notable SiteEncyclopedia Britannica complete article on Henri Matisse  
Note: The full version of the article is available only if you follow this link. If you bookmark the article and return later, or if you navigate directly to the Britannica website, you will see a 100-word preview only. Troubleshooting

Notable SiteUnion List of Artist Names (Getty Museum)  
Reference sheet with basic information about the artist and pointers to other references.

Notable SiteWikipedia, the "Open Content" Encyclopedia
Biographical info

Art + Auction Magazine
L'Odalisque, harmonie bleue, 1937

"Matisse and the Nun"

Brain-Juice - 20th Century Biographies

Frieze Magazine
"Matisse at the Modern -- Matisse at the Modern"

The Art Newspaper
(Tip: Click "Zoom navigable", not the thumbnail, to get the largest image size)
Fondation Beyeler visitors to observe restoration of Matisse's 1953 Acanthes

The Art Story

The Guardian Newspaper, UK
Essay on Lydia Delectorskaya, 1947

The Guardian Newspaper, UK
"Dream weaver", 2005 article by Adrian Searle

The London Evening Standard
"Picasso and Matisse: no contest", 2002 article by Brian Sewell

The Magazine Antiques
Image 10 in the slideshow is Les couscous, tapis bleu et rose, 1911

The New Criterion
"Matisse the Master", book review by Hilton Kramer

The New York Observer
"Meet the Meticulous Mob Of 'Wild Beast' Matisse", article by Hilton Kramer

The New York Observer
"Matisse Collection At Morgan Library Best Show in Town", article by Hilton Kramer

The New York Observer
"MoMA Extravaganza of Matisse-Picasso A Great Exhibition", article by Hilton Kramer

The New York Observer
"Schmattes of Matisse: Painter Was Obsessed With Textile Design", article by Hilton Kramer

The New Yorker
"Matisse Picasso" at MOMA, 2003 review by Peter Schjeldahl

The New Yorker
"The Fabric of Art", brief 2005 review by Peter Schjeldahl

The New Yorker
"A Life of Henri Matisse", 2005 book review by Peter Schjeldahl

The Telegraph Newspaper, UK
Kenneth Noland on Matisse's The Snail, 1953

The Telegraph Newspaper, UK
Richard Artschwager on Matisse's The Piano Lesson, 1916

The Village Voice
"MOMA's Boys (Matisse/Picasso )", 2003 article by Jerry Saltz

Vanity Fair Magazine
"Matisse's Missing Link", 2010 article by John Richardson

Vanity Fair Magazine
"Between Picasso and Matisse", 2003 article by John Richardson

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Interactive Flash feature: Henri Matisse's La Femme au chapeau

"Look Inside" and "Search Inside" Books at Amazon
Look Inside Books:Selections from the books listed below are scanned in, in high res. Text is clearly readable and art reproductions vary from so-so to excellent. Don't miss the fact that you can usually zoom in via the "View" drop-down menu, along the top row of Amazon's Online Reader.            
Search Inside Books:Same as "Look Inside", except that the entire book is scanned in, and the text is fully searchable. This is an unbelievable resource, for research and especially for previewing a book when making the decision to buy.
Note: Some "Search Inside" features are limited to people signed in to an account which has previously made a purchase at Amazon.
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The Unknown Matisse

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Henri Matisse: Cut-Outs Album

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Matisse: The Artist Speaks

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Drawings: Themes and Variations

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Matisse on Art

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Intimate Matisse

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Matisse: Master of Pure Color

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Masters of Art: Matisse

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Discoveries: Matisse

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Matisse: Father and Son

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Matisse (Twentieth Century Masters)

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Matisse and Picasso

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Henri Matisse: Jazz

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Henri Matisse: The Vence Chapel: The Archive of a Creation


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