He was a draughtsman , printmaker , and sculptor , but is known primarily as a painter. The intense colorism of the works he painted between and brought him notoriety as one of the Fauves wild beasts. Many of his finest works were created in the decade or so after , when he developed a rigorous style that emphasized flattened forms and decorative pattern.
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He was a draughtsman, printmaker, and sculptor, but is known primarily as a painter. Matisse is commonly regarded, along with Pablo Picasso, as one of the artists who best helped to define the revolutionary developments in the visual arts throughout the opening decades of the twentieth century, responsible for significant developments in painting and sculpture. The intense colorism of the works he painted between and brought him notoriety as one of the Fauves wild beasts. Many of his finest works were created in the decade or so after , when he developed a rigorous style that emphasized flattened forms and decorative pattern. In , he relocated to a suburb of Nice on the French Riviera, and the more relaxed style of his work during the s gained him critical acclaim as an upholder of the classical tradition in French painting. After , he adopted a bolder simplification of form. When ill health in his final years prevented him from painting, he created an important body of work in the medium of cut paper collage. His mastery of the expressive language of colour and drawing, displayed in a body of work spanning over a half-century, won him recognition as a leading figure in modern art.
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Henri Matisse was a French painter, draftsman, sculptor, and printmaker. Known for his use of color, his work is regarded as responsible for laying the foundation for modern plastic arts, along with the work of Pablo Picasso and Marcel Duchamp. At the age of 18, he went to study law, working as a court administrator. But, after a bout of appendicitis, during which his mother gave him paints and an easel to pass the time, he began drawing, soon leaving law school to pursue his art career, to the dismay of his father. He was exposed to the works of Van Gogh, who was practically unknown at the time, in and , when he visited his friend, painter John Peter Russell, in the island of Belle Ile, which totally changed his painting style. A lover of all art, he immersed himself in the work of his fellow painters, and often got himself into debt buying the work of other artists.
Henri Matisse is widely regarded as the greatest colorist of the 20 th century and as a rival to Pablo Picasso in the importance of his innovations. He emerged as a Post-Impressionist , and first achieved prominence as the leader of the French movement Fauvism. Although interested in Cubism , he rejected it, and instead sought to use color as the foundation for expressive, decorative, and often monumental paintings. As he once controversially wrote, he sought to create an art that would be "a soothing, calming influence on the mind, rather like a good armchair.