A dancing green figure with splashes of white hinting at a festive costume is full of movement, which is accentuated by the figure appearing diagonal on a background of vivid coloured blocks with white stars.
Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs
205.1 x 120 cm
Gouache on paper, cut and pasted and crayon
Date of work
A French painter, draughtsman, sculptor, printmaker, designer and writer, Henri Matisse came to art comparatively late and made his reputation as the principal protagonist of Fauvism. He went on to develop a monumental decorative art, innovative both in its treatment of the human figure and in the role accorded to colour. His long career culminated in a highly original series of works made of paper cut-outs or gouaches découpées, which confirmed his reputation, with Picasso, as one of the major artists of the 20th century.