Known for his use of color in his paintings, Henri Matisse was also a printmaker and sculptor. Born in the north of France, he is considered a traditional French painter with his use of brilliant brushstrokes.
Henri Matisse's love of painting began when he contracted appendicitis and was on bed rest. After studying in St. Tropez, he joined a group called the “Fauves” who used color in a very non-traditional way. In 1904 he met and became friends with renowned artist, Pablo Picasso, who also became one of his rivals. Although similar, the two artists had one major difference – Picasso painted from imagination, while Matisse drew inspiration from still life. Some of his most famous works include The Plum Blossoms, Blue Nude and Woman with a Hat.
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