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Henri Matisse

 (1869 - 1954)
Henri Matisse was active/lived in France.  Henri Matisse is known for fauve modernist painting; sculpture.

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Henri Matisse

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Henri Matisse came from a family who were of Flemish origin and lived near the Belgian border.  At eight o'clock on the evening of December 31, 1869, he was born in his grandparents' home in the town of Le Cateau in the cheerless far north of France.  His father was a self-made seed merchant who was a mixture of determination and tightly coiled tension.

Henri had no clear idea of what he wanted to do with his life.  He was a twenty-year-old law clerk convalescing from appendicitis when he first began to paint, using a box of colors given to him by his mother.  Little more than a year later, in 1890, he had abandoned law and was studying art in Paris.  The classes consisted of drawing from plaster ca  ...  Displaying 750 of 28445 characters.



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About  Henri Matisse

Born:  1869 - Nice, France
Died:   1954 - Vence, France
Known for:  fauve modernist painting; sculpture