Matisse 1869 - 1954
a sick child he had a "blessing in disguise",
Matisse became ill with appendicitis in 1890.
During his long illness, his mother tried to
amuse him with a box of paints, a set of brushes
and a how-to-paint book. These art supplies
made him open his eyes to the wonders of painting.
In 1891 Matisse wentParis to study art, full
time. Matisse was a master painter, printmaker,
collage artist and sculptor. His use of color
and form continues to influence the work of
artists today - one hundred years later. Matisse
was influenced greatly by Primitive African
masks and he was the leader of the Fauve ("wild