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Henri Matisse 1869 - 1954

As 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 beast") movement.

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