Henri Matisse

French, 1869 - 1954
Henri Matisse (1869-1954) was a French artist known for his pioneering role in the development of Fauvism, a style characterized by bold colors and expressive brushwork. Born in Le Cateau-Cambrésis, France, Matisse initially studied law before turning to art.
Matisse's early work was influenced by the Impressionists, but he soon developed his own distinctive style, characterized by flat areas of bright color and simplified forms. His art often depicted scenes of everyday life, as well as figures and landscapes inspired by his travels to the Mediterranean and North Africa.
In addition to painting, Matisse also produced sculptures, drawings, and prints. Later in life, he became increasingly interested in the possibilities of collage, creating works that combined cut-out paper shapes with painted and drawn elements.
Matisse's work had a significant impact on the development of modern art, particularly in the areas of color theory and abstraction. He is widely regarded as one of the most important artists of the 20th century, and his work continues to be celebrated and studied by artists and art historians around the world. 
Read Incollect Article: Matisse and Printmaking by Benjamin Genocchio
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