12 August, 2022

Cat Art History: Henri Matisse

Henri Émile Benoît Matisse; 12/31/1869 – 11/3/1954 was a French visual artist, known for both his use of color, his fluid and original draughtsmanship, and is included in the Fauvist, Modernist, Post-Impressionist movements.

Fauvism: expressing emotion with wild, often dissonant colors, without regard for the subject's natural colors.

Modernism: A break with the past and the concurrent search for new forms of expression.

Post-Impressionism: Emerged as a reaction against Impressionists' concern for the naturalistic depiction of light and color.

Most important: He liked cats!
Girl With Black Cat, 1910.

Blue Cat, cutout from 1940's
Unable to find a date for this photograph.
Cat With Red Fish, 1914
The artist with his cat, 1951.


  1. I learned a lot. I had NO idea! Now I am a fan of his. Thanks =for the information about him. I only knew his name till now.

  2. mum wants the cat wif red fish, she luvs matisse

  3. It's nice that cats like famous people too!

  4. Loves cats...all the more reason to like this man(beside the fact that he was a master
    I really like the selection you have chosen for today too!!
    Purrs, Julie

  5. He liked cats and that makes him alright in my book.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend. ♥

  6. Mum and I like artists that like cats!
    Matisse is really cool!!!!!
    Nor to mention famous!
    Purrs, Julie

  7. He has always been one of my favourite artists.

  8. I always loved the artist but didn't know he loved cats! Now i love him even more!

  9. Beautiful art. I like the red fish one. :)

  10. Oh, Wow,I didn't know how much hhe loved cats and that he had so much art with them, too.

    Learned something new today! Thanks!

  11. I can't say that I like the style, but if he liked cats, he was probably a decent fellow.

  12. We always liked his work but never knew he was a cat lover.


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