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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Matisse, Henri


La musique
1939
Oil on canvas
45 3/8 x 45 3/8 in. (115.2 x 115.2 cm)
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Henri Matisse (1869-1954) is called one of the twentieth century's greatest artists, born in the north of France.
Matisse's art has an astonishing force and lives by innate right in a paradise world into which Matisse draws all his viewers. He gravitated to the beautiful and produced some of the most powerful beauty ever painted.
He was a man of anxious temperament, just as Picasso, who saw him as his only rival, was a man of peasant fears, well concealed. Both artists, in their own fashion, dealt with these disturbances through the sublimation of painting: Picasso destroyed his fear of women in his art, while Matisse coaxed his nervous tension into serenity.