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Monday, December 5, 2011

Matisse, Henri


Self-Portrait
1906
Oil on canvas
21 5/8 x 18 1/8 in. (55 x 46 cm)
Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen
http://www.smk.dk/

Henri Matisse (1869 – 1954) was a French artist, being regarded as the most important French painter of the 20th century. The leader of the Fauvist movement around 1900, Matisse pursued the expressiveness of color throughout his career. His subjects were largely domestic or figurative, and a distinct Mediterranean verve presides in the treatment.
The art of 20th century has been dominated by two men: Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso.
Matisse was the elder of the two, but he was a slower and more methodical man by temperament and it was Picasso who initially made the greater splash. Matisse, like Raphael, was a born leader and taught and encouraged other painters, while Picasso, like Michelangelo, inhibited them with his power: he was a natural czar.
http://www.imaginarymuseum.net/view/magazine