Frases de Henri Matisse
Data de nascimento: 31. Dezembro 1869
Data de falecimento: 3. Novembro 1954
Outros nomes: Henri-émile-benoit Matisse, Henri-Emile Matisse
Henri-Émile-Benoît Matisse foi um artista francês, conhecido por seu uso da cor e sua arte de desenhar, fluida e original. Foi um desenhista, gravurista e escultor, mas é principalmente conhecido como um pintor. Matisse é considerado, juntamente com Picasso e Marcel Duchamp, como um dos três artistas seminais do século XX, responsável por uma evolução significativa na pintura e na escultura. Embora fosse inicialmente rotulado de fauvista , na década de 1920 ele foi cada vez mais aclamado como um defensor da tradição clássica na pintura francesa. Seu domínio da linguagem expressiva da cor e do desenho, exibido em um conjunto de obras ao longo de mais de meio século, valeram-lhe o reconhecimento como uma figura de liderança na arte moderna.
Citações Henri Matisse
Drawing is like making an expressive gesture with the advantage of permanence.
Fonte: Christian Science Monitor, 25 de Março de 1985
„A little while ago I took a nap under an olive tree, and the color harmonies I saw were so touching. It's like a paradise you have no right to analyze, but you are a painter, for God's sake! Nice is so beautiful! Alight so soft and tender, despite its brilliance.“
In a letter to a friend, Nice 1918, as quoted in 'Matisse & Picasso', Paul Trachtman, Smithsonian Magazine, February 2003, p. 6
„Rules have no existence outside of individuals: otherwise a good professor would be as great a genius as Racine.“
1905 - 1910, Notes of a Painter' (1908)
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„I didn't expect to recover from my second operation but since I did, I consider that I'm living on borrowed time. Every day that dawns is a gift to me and I take it in that way. I accept it gratefully without looking beyond it. I completely forget my physical suffering and all the unpleasantness of my present condition and I think only of the joy of seeing the sun rise once more and of being able to work a little bit, even under difficult conditions.“
„Slowly I discovered the secret of my art. It consists of a meditation on nature, on the expression of a dream which is always inspired by reality.“
"Interview with Henri Matisse" by Jacques Guenne, L'Art Vivant (15 September 1925), translated by Jack Flam in Matisse on Art (1995)
1921 - 1940
Contexto: Slowly I discovered the secret of my art. It consists of a meditation on nature, on the expression of a dream which is always inspired by reality. With more involvement and regularity, I learned to push each study in a certain direction. Little by little the notion that painting is a means of expression asserted itself, and that one can express the same thing in several ways. Exactitude is not truth, Delacroix liked to say.
„Tomorrow, Sunday, at 4 o'clock, visit from Picasso. As I'm expecting to see him tomorrow, my mind is at work. I'm doing this propaganda show [at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, 1945] with him. I can imagine the room with my pictures on one side, and his on the other. It's as if I were going to cohabit with an epileptic.“
Quote of Matisse in his notebook, c. April 1945; as cited in 'Matisse & Picasso', Paul Trachtman, Smithsonian Magazine, February 2003, p. 6