In the history of twentieth century modernism, Henri Matisse is a calm and unstoppable revolution of creative genius.
Trained originally in the French classical manner, he was inspired by the Impressionists and Cézanne to create in a style that brought out the beauty of colour, form and line by reducing them to their essentials. While considered a leader of the Fauves and an inspiration to most of the great figures in modern art, he wasn’t interested in being associated with any school or trend. A family man who worked ‘office hours’ in his studio, he defies the image of the artist as enfant terrible or tortured soul.
In a career spanning six decades, he produced masterpiece after masterpiece that constantly challenge how we perceive colour and form.
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Matisse's art doesn't really speak to me, however the story of Matisse's life written by author Catherine Ingram is still a delight to read. I just don't know what's with these artists and their interesting life. The illustrations provided by Agnes Decourchelle are wonderful also, complementing the text perfectly.