The overall image is divided into five vertical blocks; the first, third and fifth of which are thinner decorated sections on an orangey-brown background. The remaining sections are a green and black section to the left and the Eskimo itself on the right. This image is inspired by Eskimo masks and is white on a bold background of blue and purple.
Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs
40.5 x 86 cm
Gouache on paper, cut and pasted
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.