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Henri-Émile-Benoît Matisse – price record – Jacob Samuel – Biography

(31 December 1869 – 3 November 1954) was a French artist.known for his use of colour and his fluid and original draughtsmanship. He was a draughtsman, printmaker, and sculptor, but is known primarily as a painter.

Henri Matisse was born on December 31, 1869, and was raised in the small industrial town of Bohain-en-Vermandois in northern France. His family worked in the grain business. As a young man Matisse worked as a legal clerk and then studied for a law degree in Paris in 1887-89. Returning to a position in a law office in the town of Saint-Quentin, he began taking a drawing class in the mornings before he went to work.

When he was 21, Matisse began painting while recuperating from an illness, and his vocation as an artist was confirmed. In 1891 Matisse moved to Paris for artistic training.

He took instruction from famous, older artists at well-known schools such as the Académie Julian and the École des Beaux-Arts which required working from live models and copying the works of Old Masters, but Matisse was also exposed to the recent Post-Impressionist work of Paul Cézanne and Vincent van Gogh while living in Paris.

Matisse began to show his work in large group exhibitions in Paris in the mid-1890s, including the traditional Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, and his work received some favorable attention.

Matisse is commonly regarded, along with Pablo Picasso and Marcel Duchamp, as one of the three artists who helped to define the revolutionary developments in the plastic arts in the opening decades of the twentieth century, responsible for significant developments in painting and sculpture. His mastery of the expressive language of colour and drawing, displayed in a body of work spanning over a half-century, won him recognition as a leading figure in modern art.



Price records

“Cuckoos, blue and pink carpet”


Technique: Oil/canvas
Size 81 cm x 65.5 cm

Hammer price: $41,046,400

“The Odalisque, Harmony Blue” (1937)


Technique: Oil/canvas
Size 60.3 cm x 49.5 cm

Hammer price: $30,000,000

” Bouquet for July 14 ” (1919)
Picture 7

Technique: Oil/canvas
Size 116 cm x 89.0 cm

Hammer price: $25,500,000

“Portrait in Blue Coat” (1935)


Technique: Oil/canvas
Size: 91.3 cm x 59.8 cm

Hammer price: $20,000,000

“Dancer in the Chair, Checkerboard Floor” (1942)


Technique: Oil/canvas
Size: 46 cm x 55.0 cm

Hammer price: $19,419,680 


Jacob Steinhardt Biography – Jacob Samuel

Jacob Steinhardt (1887-1968) was an Israeli painter and woodcut artist.

The painter and graphic artist Jakob Steinhardt, born in 1887 in the city of Zerkow in Posen, is on of the most important German-Jewish artists of the 20th century. At 1906 he attended the art school in berlin, there he met Louis Cornith in the field of arts and Struk in the field of wood engraving.
When word war 1 broke he enlisted to the German army where he served in the eastern front. After the war he married Minni Gumpert. After the Nazi came to power at 1933 they immigrated to Israel.

Jacob Steinhardt was a painter and a wood engraver. He was interested on biblical and Jewish subjects. Steinhardt participated in the Berlin Secession. He was on of the most influential German-Jewish people in Israel. He founded an art school at 1934, in 1948, he became chairman of the graphics department at Bezal art school academy. In 1954-1957 he became the director of the Bezalel.

The well known German painter Louis Corinth and Henri Matisse put revealed him the secrets of the color techniques. The Jewish artist, Herman Shturk, had favorite Steinhardt from his students and exposed him the techniques of the graphic art. Steinhardt was drawn to wood carving and has focused on this technique which suited to his abstinent character.

Steinhardt painted and carved things that accompanied his life: Jerusalem, Jewish potriates, Allyes and towns. Steinhardt had created a complete new world in his paintings. at 1955 he was among the 7 artists whose works were sent to the international Exhibition at San Paolo in Brazil. There he achieved first place.

Steinhardt has influenced many Israeli artists. There were wasn’t any Retrospective exhibition of his works since the 60s. Jacob Steinhardt didn’t get the honor he was worthy to get.
The Jewish Museum Berlin houses the largest Steinhardt collection in the world, including numerous graphic artworks and unpublished documents donated by Josefa Bar-On Steinhardt, the artist’s daughter. The museum owns paintings, several hundred print graphics, and a collection of books illustrated by the artist.
Steinhardt died in 1968. He is buried in Nahariya.