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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.
- "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."
- "I have simply wished
to assert the reasoned and independent feeling of my own individuality
within a total knowledge of tradition."
- "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."
- "Drawing is like
making an expressive gesture with the advantage of permanence."
- "What I dream of
is an art of balance, of purity and serenity devoid of troubling
or depressing subject matter."
- "I am unable to
make any distinction between the feeling I get from life and the
way I translate that feeling into painting."
- "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
- "After a half-century
of hard work and reflection the wall is still there."
- "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."