by Oscar Dawson
Link : The Art Story: Henri Matisse
Description: Discusses Matisse's early life, most important works, and other artists related to Matisse.
Link: Museum of Modern Art
Description: Has brief biography of Matisse. Contains vast catalog of his work, over 300 entries.
Description: Website dedicated to Henri Matisse. Has lengthy biography, many of his works are featured, and compares Matisse to other artists like Claude Monet and Paul Cezanne.
Matisse's art is both abstract and somehow clear. His sketches, mostly found in the MoMA gallery, contain a story, yet are simple and elegant. They don't overwhelm the viewer. In contrast, his paintings typically contain bright colors that appear against each other. While all are incredibly visually stimulating, they don't all contain as much literal meaning, some are just collections of shapes that look pleasing to the eye. His work is very flowing, it doesn't seem to be created in painstaking detail. But rather transitioned to the canvas easily and simply.
Tags: Henri Matisse, painter, Sculptor, abstract, Fauvism