Matisse Henri, 1869 – 1954

A world-known French painter, graphic artist and sculptor, the leader of Fauvism trend. He was born in Le Cateau-Cambrésis in the north of France. In 1891 he entered the Academy of R. Julien in Paris, where he studied under the guidance of W. Bouguereau. During 1892 - 1898 he studied at the Paris School of Fine Arts under the guidance of G. More...

A world-known French painter, graphic artist and sculptor, the leader of Fauvism trend. He was born in Le Cateau-Cambrésis in the north of France. In 1891 he entered the Academy of R. Julien in Paris, where he studied under the guidance of W. Bouguereau. During 1892 - 1898 he studied at the Paris School of Fine Arts under the guidance of G. Moreau. In 1896 he successfully debuted at the Salon of the National Society of Fine Arts, in 1901 - at the Salon of the Independent ones, in 1903 - at the Autumn Salon. In 1896 his painting «The reading lady» was purchased by the state for the presidential residence in Rambouillet. In 1904 A. Vollard organized the first solo exhibition of the artist. At the Autumn Salon in 1905 he led performance of the Fauvism painters. He traveled to Algeria (1906), Italy (1907), Germany (1908), Spain (1910 - 1911), Russia (1911), Morocco (1911 - 1913). In 1908 famous Russian patron of arts S. Shchukin, who was a big fan of master's works, ordered three decorative panels, two of which - "Dance" and "Music" - are kept at the Hermitage Museum. In 1917 he once and for all moved to the south of France, settling down in the suburbs of Nice. In 1950 he got the Grand Prix of the Venice Biennale. Besides painting he was also engaged in graphic art, sculpture, book illustration, theatrical scenery and monumental painting. His works are presented at Musée Matisse in Nice, Musée d'Orsay, Centre Georges Pompidou J. Museum of Modern Art in New York, Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts and other.

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