Main content
Sorry, this episode is not currently available


Episode 2 of 4

Journalist Alastair Sooke sets out to discover just how much the artist Henri Matisse has influenced our modern lives, and explains why his art is considered so great.

Journalist Alastair Sooke sets out to discover just how much the artist Henri Matisse has influenced our modern lives.

Tracing the biography of this fascinating artist, and travelling through France, America and Russia, the programme explores some of the painter's greatest works. Sooke explains why Matisse's art is considered so great and also looks at how Matisse's brilliant use of colour and simplification of form continues to inspire illustrators, designers and of course artists today.

Acknowledging the debt the famous couturier Yves St Laurent owed the painter, Sooke also talks to British designers Sir Paul Smith and Tricia Guild about their passion for Matisse, he travels to Utrecht to discover how even children's character Miffy the rabbit owes its origin to art, and reveals how logos and images as diverse as Apple's iPod advertising and even the 2012 Olympic logo are inspired by the modern master.

The programme is second in a series looking at four great modern artists: Warhol, Matisse, Picasso and Dali.

1 hour

Last on

Tue 27 Sep 2011 01:30

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • David Schweitzer

    Modern masters

  • Prefuse 73


  • Gotan Project

    Queremos Paz

  • Plaid

    Pino Pomo

  • Alicia Keys

    Piano and I

  • Ulrich Schnauss

    A Strangely Isolated Place

  • Athane

    Corsi Fleuri

  • Django Reinhardt

    Minor Swing

  • Sigur Rós

    Olsen Olsen

  • Radiohead

    Hunting Bears

  • David Teller

    Magical Wonder

  • Paul Mottram

    Strum und Drang

  • Leftfield


  • David Arnold & Paul Hart - Andromeda

  • Hot Chip

    Ready for the Floor

  • Radiohead

    House of Cards

  • Mahala Rai Banda


  • Youmni Rabii

    Gouli je t'aime

  • Richard Hawley

    Last Orders

  • Gotan Project

    Santa Maria (Del Buen Ayre)

  • Alicia Keys

    Empire State of Mind

  • Massive Attack

    Small Time Shot Away

  • Radiohead


  • Sheridan Tongue

    Disappearing Time

  • Four Tet

    First Thing

  • Tom Haines & Christopher Branch - Delicate Beauty

  • Groove Armada

    I See You Baby

  • Aphex Twin

    Schottkey 7th Path

  • Ulrich Schnauss

    Gone Forever

  • Butcher the Bar

    Leave This Town

  • Sigur Rós

    Ba Ba

  • Brian Eno

    Ali Click

  • Arvo Pärt

    Spiegel im Spiegel


Role Contributor
Presenter Alastair Sooke
Presenter Alastair Sooke
Producer Lucy Van Beek
Producer Mark Halliley
Producer Mark Halliley
Director Mark Halliley
Director Mark Halliley


  • Sun 9 May 2010 21:00
  • Sun 23 May 2010 21:00
  • Sun 23 May 2010 22:25
  • Mon 14 Jun 2010 02:10
  • Sun 25 Jul 2010 23:30
  • Tue 27 Sep 2011 01:30