Henri's Scissors

Author(s): Jeanette Winter

Picture Books

Step into the colorful world of Henri Matisse and his magnificent paper cutouts!


In a small weaving town in France, a young boy named Henri-Emile Matisse drew pictures everywhere, and when he grew up, he moved to Paris and became a famous artist who created paintings that were adored around the world. But late in life aserious illness confined him to a wheelchair, and amazingly, it was from there that he created among his most beloved works enormous and breathtaking paper cutouts.
Based on the life of Henri Matisse, this moving and inspirational picture book biography includes a note from the author, dynamic quotes from Matisse himself, and an illuminating look at a little-known part of a great artist s creative process.

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Commended for Georgia Children's Book Award (Picture Storybook) 2016.

"In 'Henri's Scissors, ' Jeanette Winter rushes through the story of Henri Matisse's childhood, but no worries: it's his second (far more interesting) childhood that fascinates her. After becoming one of the greatest artists of the 20th century, whose only peer, it could be argued, was the aggressively prolific Picasso, Matisse has grown old. Now infirm and confined to bed, he reflects on his past triumphs in a room colored in the deepest blues and purples. But inspiration strikes, and using a pair of common household scissors as his magic wand, Matisse cuts shapes out of brightly colored paper and transforms his sick-room into a mystical garden full of flowers and birds. Then, in the final and greatest feat of his career as artist-sorcerer, 'the rainbow of shapes cradled the old artist and carried him into the heavens.'"--Dan Yaccarino "The New York Times Book Review, August 25 2013 " In Henri s Scissors, Jeanette Winter rushes through the story of Henri Matisse s childhood, but no worries: it s his second (far more interesting) childhood that fascinates her. After becoming one of the greatest artists of the 20th century, whose only peer, it could be argued, was the aggressively prolific Picasso, Matisse has grown old. Now infirm and confined to bed, he reflects on his past triumphs in a room colored in the deepest blues and purples. But inspiration strikes, and using a pair of common household scissors as his magic wand, Matisse cuts shapes out of brightly colored paper and transforms his sick-room into a mystical garden full of flowers and birds. Then, in the final and greatest feat of his career as artist-sorcerer, the rainbow of shapes cradled the old artist and carried him into the heavens. --Dan Yaccarino "The New York Times Book Review, August 25 2013 ""

General Fields

  • : 9781442464841
  • : Simon & Schuster
  • : Beach Lane Books
  • : September 2013
  • : 238mm X 235mm X 10mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : October 2013
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Hardback
  • : 1013
  • : Jeanette Winter
  • : 759.4
  • : 40
  • : Illustrations, color
  • : Jeanette Winter