The Sheaf is one of Matisse's later cut-outs. It is a large scale work of coloured frond shapes on a white backround. The Sheaf was a maquette for a ceramic work of the same name commissioned by Mr. and Mrs. Sidney F. Brody in the early 1950s for the courtyard of their home.
Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs
29.4 x 35 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.