A top section shows the eponymous mask, which is jagged in shape. The remainder of the image is divided into quarters featuring differently coloured frond shapes familiar from other Matisse cut-outs.
The Panel with Mask
Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs
110 x 53 cm
Gouache on paper, cut and pasted
Date of work
Original: Gouache on paper, cut and pasted 110 x 53 cm © Estate of H. Matisse 2014. All Rights Reserved, DACS
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.