Updated: Nov 14, 2019
Henri Matisse was predominantly a painter but he was also well-known for his cut out pieces. Matisse however also used to dabble in printmaking, textiles and sculptor. The simple forms created by his cut outs were what Matisse called 'carving into colour' which he began to create after his ill-health prevented him from painting. Matisse was influenced by different types of art all over the world, in particular the culture of islamic art where art is in everyday places and bold colour surrounds you. He was also influenced by the 2 dimensional quality of japanese artwork. Matisse used bold colour to make art works which werent dark in appearance but inherently morbid in subject matter.