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HENRI MATISSE Instinct must be thwarted just as one prunes the branches of a tree so that it will grow better -- Henri Matisse Henri Matisse was born in the north of France at Le Cateau-Cambresis in 1869 It was not until he was 21 years old that he became interested in painting as a career In 1891 Matisse began studying at an Academe In 1892 he transferred to Gustave Moreaus studio at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts His first successful show was made in 1896 at the Salon de la Societe Nationale des Beaux Arts Other impressionist artists largely influenced Matisse but it was not until 1902 that his own style was really developed In 1905 and 1906 Matisse painted with Marquet in Paris One of his most celebrated works of that period is Open Window Collioure which took impressionistic pastel colors and parts of his surroundings outside his window After his time spent with Marquet Matisses style reached its best Matisse then made the new art movement called Fauvism His works didnt use light colors instead he used darker colors which resulted in grand scale works of art Matisses artwork took him to places such as Munich Seville Moscow and Tangiers between 1910 and 1914 After this time he lived in Paris Finally in 1918 an exhibition featuring the works of Matisse as well as Picasso opened at the Guillaume Gallery After World War II Matisse got sick and couldnt get out of his bed Then he started to create book designs and illustrations One of his most best books is entitled Jazz and was published in 1947 The piece entitled The Clown From Jazz was originally published in this book Matisse then soon died on 1954
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