Henri Matisse

Henri Matisse 31 December 1869 - 3 November 1954
Henri Matisse was a French painter, draftsman, sculptor, and printmaker. Known for his use of color, his work is regarded as responsible for laying the foundation for modern plastic arts, along with the work of Pablo Picasso and Marcel Duchamp. At the age of 18, he went to study law, working as a court administrator. But, after a bout of appendicitis, during which his mother gave him paints and an easel to pass the time, he began drawing.

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He was exposed to the works of Van Gogh, who was practically unknown at the time, in 1897 and 1898, when he visited his friend, painter John Peter Russell, in the island of Belle Ile, which totally changed his painting style. A lover of all art, he immersed himself in the work of his fellow painters, and often got himself into debt buying the work of other artists. He received much inspiration from the work of other artists as well, drawing inspiration from such varied sources as Japanese art, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, and Pointillism.

His work, characterized as “fauvre,” or wild, often met with harsh criticism, which made it hard for him to provide for his wife and children. Due to vehement hatred of his works, his Blue Nude was burned in 1913 at an Armory Exhibition in Chicago. Although he had harsh critics, he had loving followers, including Gertrude Stein and her family. Throughout the years of 1907-1911, his friends organized and financed an art school, Academie Matisse, in which Matisse could instruct young artists.

In his later life, Matisse, who was partially reliant on a wheelchair, continued his artistic endeavors in creating cut paper collages, and working as a graphic artist. He also published Jazz in 1947, a collection of his printed and written works. Before his death of a heart attack, he established a museum of his own works, which has helped establish his legacy as a leading figure in the modern art movement.

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Henri Matisse
Still Life with Asphodels (1907)
i do not literally paint that table , but the emotion it produces upon me

Henri Matisse
Dance II (1910)
i would like to recapture that freshness of vision which is characteristic of extreme youth when all the world is new to it

Henri Matisse
Nasturtiums with the Dance II (1912)
i desire pleasure. i am not a revolutionary by principle

Henri Matisse
Landscape viewed from a Window (1913)
the essential thing is to spring forth, to express the bolt of lightning one senses upon contact with a thing. the function of the artist is not to translate an observation but to express the shock of the object on his nature; the shock, with the original reaction

Henri Matisse
The Music Lesson (1917)
what i dream of is an art of balanc e, of purity and serenity , devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter , an art which could be for every mental worker , for the businessman as well as the man of letters , for example , a soothing , calming influence on the mind , something like a good armchair which provides relaxation from physical fatigue

Henri Matisse
Odalisque with a Turkish Chair (1928)
seek the strongest color effect possible ... the content is of no importance

Henri Matisse
Woman with a Madras Hat (1929-1930)
exactitude is not truth

Henri Matisse
The Large Blue Robe and Mimosas (1937)
the artist begins with a vision - a creative operation requiring effort.
creativity takes courage

Henri Matisse
Asia (1946)
it has bothered me all my life that i do not paint like everybody else

Henri Matisse
Vegetables (1952)
drawing is like making an expressive gesture with the advantage of permanence


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