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Henri Matisse (1869-1954)
Matisse was the leader of the Fauvist (meaning Wild Beasts) Movement, a painting style which focused on pure colors used in an aggressive and direct manner. His style changed many times over the years, but he never gave up his art. Matisse continued creating even into his 80's, when cancer had taken over his body. This was the time when he created the papercuttings that he is perhaps best known for. Matisse understood perfectly the relationship between color and shape, a talent which rightfully earned him the name "Master of Color."
Bathers by a River
Italian Woman
Dance
Promenade among the Olives
Butterfly Net
Carmelina
Abduction of Europa

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Title:    Boy with Butterfly Net    
Date:    1907    
Medium:    Oil on canvas    
Dimensions:    69 3/4 x 45 15/16 in. (177.17 x 116.68 cm) (canvas)    
Credit Line:    The Ethel Morrison Van Derlip Fund    
Location:    On View in Gallery 357    

Visiting Italy in 1907, Henri Matisse was deeply impressed by the frescoes of Giotto, the 14th-century artist who ushered in the Italian Renaissance. Matisse especially liked Giotto's simplified volumes and restricted primary colors. In response to his Italian experiences, Matisse set about making Fauvism more dramatic and monumental. Here, he created a spare landscape composed of flat areas of land and sky with a single grand figure. The boy was modeled after the nephew of Leo and Gertrude Stein.
 
Accession #:    51.18    
Owner:    The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
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