This vibrant composition is principally in red and white, with splashes of purple. A green background completes the image.
Two Masks (The Tomato)
Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs
47.7 x 52 cm
Gouache on paper, cut and pasted
Date of work
Original: Gouache on paper, cut and pasted 47.7 x 52 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.