Henri Matisse

French (Le Cateau-Cambrésis, France, 1869 - 1954, Nice, France)

Along with Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse was one of the pillars of the Parisian avant-garde, whose formal innovations in painting would dominate much of modern art. Matisse initially worked in law, but discovered a passion for art when he began painting


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