Artist Birthdays December 31 – HENRI MATISSE

 In Artist Birthdays, Artists & Special Collections, 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.

Henri Matisse. The Joy of Life, 1905-06.

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