This image shows a knife thrower (the strong purple shape) mid-act on the left with the paler female target, with "a flowery, trusting heart” to the right. Maquette for Plate XV from the illustrated book, Jazz.
The Knife Thrower
Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs
43.3 x 67.5 cm
Gouache on paper, cut and pasted, mounted on canvas
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.