Famous French Artist Henri Matisse
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Life and work of the famous French painter Henri Matisse
Born Henri-Emile-Benoit Matisse - France - 31st of December, 1869 / Died - 3rd of November, 1954
Famous Henri Matisse paintings include "Odalisque with Raised Arms" "La Danse" "Blue Nudes" and "The Dessert: Harmony In Red".
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    Gallery of popular 20th century paintings by French artist Henri Matisse.
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    Read about the life of Henri Matisse and other 20th century artists working in France.

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  • "I have always tried to hide my own efforts and wished my works to have the lightness and joyousness of a springtime which never lets anyone suspect the labours it cost."
    Henri Matisse
  • "I have simply wished to assert the reasoned and independent feeling of my own individuality within a total knowledge of tradition."
    Henri Matisse
  • "An artist must possess Nature. He must identify himself with her rhythm, by efforts that will prepare the mastery which will later enable him to express himself in his own language."
    Henri Matisse
  • "Drawing is like making an expressive gesture with the advantage of permanence."
    Henri Matisse
  • "What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter."
    Henri Matisse
  • "I am unable to make any distinction between the feeling I get from life and the way I translate that feeling into painting."
    Henri Matisse
  • "I have always sought to be understood and, while I was taken to task by critics or colleagues, I thought they were right, assuming I had not been clear enough to be understood. This assumption allowed me to work my whole life without hatred and even without bitterness toward criticism, regardless of its source. I counted solely on the clarity of expression of my work to gain my ends. Hatred, rancor, and the spirit of vengeance are useless baggage to the artist. His road is difficult enough for him to cleanse his soul of everything which could make it more so."
    Henri Matisse
  • "After a half-century of hard work and reflection the wall is still there."
    Henri Matisse
  • "Do I believe in God? Yes, when I am working. When I am submissive and modest, I feel myself to be greatly helped by someone who causes me to do things that exceed my capabilities. However, I cannot acknowledge him because it is as if I were to find myself before a conjuror whose sleight of hand eludes me."
    Henri Matisse

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