In 1905 Purrmann met the artist Henri Matisse in Paris. In addition to a good friendship, a teacher/student relationship simultaneously developed in which Purrmann viewed himself as a student of the older Matisse.
From Paris, the two undertook various trips abroad. In addition to stays in Germany, the artist friends travelled to the south of France. In Cassis and Collioure, they depicted the surroundings and created colourful works – Purrmann always out to learn from Matisse and develop from his criticism. "[…]
He (Matisse) then began to praise himself and claimed I had made tremendous progress, he is delighted with the richness of the colour, with the harmony, and he finds my
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