Artist Birthdays December 31 – HENRI MATISSE
HENRI MATISSE (December 31, 1869 – November 3, 1954)
- Nationality: French
- Field: Painting, sculpture, printmaking
- Art Movement: Fauvism
- ARTiFact: In 1888, he passed the bar exam and began to practice law. The following year, an attack of appendicitis caused his mother to bring him art supplies to keep him occupied; he began to paint for the first time.
- Artist Quote: “From the moment I held the box of colors in my hands, I knew this was my life. I threw myself into it like a beast that plunges towards the thing it loves.”
- Notable Artwork (shown below): The Joy of Life, 1905-06.