The Knife Thrower (1947) by Henri Matisse

The Knife Thrower - Henri Matisse - 1947

Artwork Information

TitleThe Knife Thrower
ArtistHenri Matisse
Art MovementAbstract Expressionism
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About The Knife Thrower

The Knife Thrower is a print created by the renowned artist Henri Matisse in 1947. The artwork is part of a series of 20 images made using color stencils in gouache, published in the book Jazz. Matisse was famous for his use of vibrant colors and his innovations in Fauvism. He was also known for creating collages from painted papers later in his career.

During Matisse’s recovery from surgery in 1941, he produced several extraordinary artists’ books and The Knife Thrower is one of them. The image depicts a knife thrower with his female target, showcasing unique dynamics between them that are similar to those found in another artwork, The Cowboy.

The Knife Thrower print can be found at the National Gallery of Art and is available for purchase as an art print. This exceptional piece showcases Matisse’s artistic talents through its excellent execution, bold use of color contrasts, and effective placement of subjects on the page.

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