French painter Henri Matisse (1869 – 1954) expressed joy through patterns, ornamentation and vivid colors. Given a paint set while recovering from an illness, Matisse described his discovery of art as “a kind of paradise.” Originally labeled a Fauvist, he produced early works that were remarkably mature. After seeing Impressionist and Japanese art, Matisse made color instrumental to his work, and experimented with expressive abstraction. He also decorated the Dominican nuns’ chapel at Vence, France when he was almost 80. Matisse, who was often nervous, relieved his tension through painting.
Matisse's Plane Tree (1951) was part of a preliminary study for a piece of ceramic. The strength and freedom of the line illustrate Matisse's great skill in his drawings, in which he simplifies the subject to make it more expressive.The transfert d'art is an exclusive adhesive screen-print produced from Matisse's Plane Tree drawing. It replicates the exact quality of the drawing. The image is on transparent film, so when it is applied, only what Matisse has drawn is transferred. It can be applied to any clean, smooth surface but cannot be repositioned. This is a unique way to add an affordable do-it-yourself design impact to any space.