Matisse’s art has inspired many artists. How will his work inspire you?

Henri Matisse (1869–1954) was one of the most important and influential artists of the 20th century. Along with other modern masters like Pablo Picasso, he helped to change the rules of art through his bold use of color, form, and space. The Indianapolis Museum of Art’s exhibition Matisse, Life in Color: Masterworks from The Baltimore Museum of Art  featured over 100 of his paintings, sculptures, prints, and drawings.

In connection with the exhibition, the IMA launched a competition to encourage visitors to submit their own drawings using one of the apps available in the Inspired by Matisse Studio on the second floor of the Museum. Drawings were submitted through this website, where people can view submissions and respond to specific works through ratings and comments.

From September through December 2013, a jury of experts selected winners and finalists. The selected drawings, as well as those receiving the most votes online, were shown in the Inspired by Matisse gallery inside the exhibition.



Every month during the course of the competition, a jury chosen by the IMA selected a first, second and third place winner for each age category (0–5, 6–12, 13–17 and 18 +). Prizes were awarded for the three drawings that, at the end of the competition, had the highest number of popular votes on the Inspired by Matisse website. 

The prizes for all categories consisted of products from the Matisse Life in Color collection in the Museum Store