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Henri Matisse

(1869-1954)

Biography

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Henri Matisse was born at Le Cateau-Cambrésis in the North of France on December 31, 1869. His parents, Emile Matisse and Héloise Gérars, had a general store selling household goods and seed. Henri planned on a legal career, and in 1887/88 studied law in Paris, in 1889 he was employed as a clerk in a solicitor’s office. It was in 1890 that he was first attracted to painting. Confined to his bed for nearly a year (1890) after an intestinal operation, he chose drawing as a pastime. Then the hobby took best of him and he decided for the painting career.
            The long years of learning followed: in 1891 Matisse studied under Bouguereau at the Académie Julian, and in 1892 transferred unofficially to Gustave Moreau’s studio at the Ecole Beaux-Arts, where he met Marquet, at the same time attending the Ecole Nationale des Arts Décoratifs.Read Henri Matisse's Full Biography

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Henri Matisse. Dinner Table. Dinner Table. 1897. Oil on canvas. Private collection. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Henri Matisse. Blue Pot and Lemon. Blue Pot and Lemon. c. 1897. Oil on canvas. The Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Henri Matisse. Vase of Sunflowers. Vase of Sunflowers. 1898. Oil on canvas. The Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Henri Matisse. Fruit and Coffee-Pot. Fruit and Coffee-Pot. 1899. Oil on canvas. The Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Henri Matisse. Crockery on a Table. Crockery on a Table. 1900. Oil on canvas. The Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Henri Matisse. Male Model. Male Model. 1900. Oil on canvas. The Museum of Modern Arts, New York, NY, USA. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Henri Matisse. Dishes and Fruit. Dishes and Fruit. 1901. Oil on canvas. The Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Henri Matisse. The Luxembourg Gardens. The Luxembourg Gardens. c. 1901-2. Oil on canvas. The Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Henri Matisse. Studio under the Eaves. Studio under the Eaves. 1903. Oil on canvas. Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, UK. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Henri Matisse. Still Life with Vase, Bottle  and Fruit. Still Life with Vase, Bottle and Fruit. c.1903-6. Oil on canvas. The Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Henri Matisse. Luxe, calme et volupté (Luxury, calm and sensuousness). Luxe, calme et volupté (Luxury, calm and sensuousness). 1904. Oil on canvas. Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Henri Matisse. La moulade. La moulade. 1905. Oil on canvas. Private collection. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Henri Matisse. The Window. The Window. 1905. Oil on canvas. Private collection. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Henri Matisse. Madame Matisse, Madame Matisse, "The Green Line" (La Raie verte). 1905. Oil on canvas. Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen, Denmark. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Henri Matisse. A Woman Sitting before the  Window. A Woman Sitting before the Window. 1905. Oil on canvas. Acquavella Galleries, New York, NY, USA. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Henri Matisse. Woman with a Hat. Woman with a Hat. 1905. Oil on canvas. Private collection. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Henri Matisse. Interior at Collioure. Interior at Collioure. 1905. Oil on canvas. Private collection. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Henri Matisse. Portrait of André Derain. Portrait of André Derain. 1905. Oil on canvas. Tate Gallery, London, UK. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Henri Matisse. Interior with a Girl. Interior with a Girl. 1905-6. Oil on canvas. The Museum of Modern Arts, New York, NY, USA. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Henri Matisse. Le bonheur de vivre ( Le bonheur de vivre ("The Joy of Living"). 1905-1906. Oil on canvas. Barnes Foundation, Lincoln University, Merion, PA, USA. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Henri Matisse. Sea at Collioure. Sea at Collioure. 1906. Oil on canvas. Barnes Foundation, Lincoln University, Merion, PA, USA. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Henri Matisse. The Lying Nude. The Lying Nude. 1906. Oil on canvas. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Henri Matisse. Les voiliers. Les voiliers. 1906. Oil on canvas. Private collection. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Henri Matisse. Self-Portrait in a Striped  T-Shirt. Self-Portrait in a Striped T-Shirt. 1906. Oil on canvas. Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen, Denmark. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Henri Matisse. Gypsy. Gypsy. 1906. Oil on canvas. Musée de l'Annonciade, Saint-Tropez, France. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Henri Matisse. Oriental Rugs. Oriental Rugs. 1906. Oil on canvas. Musée de Peinture et de Sculpture, Grenoble, France. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Henri Matisse. Marin II. Marin II. 1906-7. Oil on canvas. Private collection. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Henri Matisse. Lady on the Terrace. Lady on the Terrace. c. 1906. Oil on canvas. The Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Henri Matisse. View of Collioure. View of Collioure. 1906. Oil on canvas. The Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Henri Matisse. Dishes and Fruit on a Red  and Black Carpet. Dishes and Fruit on a Red and Black Carpet. 1906. Oil on canvas. The Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Henri Matisse. Bouquet (Vase with Two Handles). Bouquet (Vase with Two Handles). 1907. Oil on canvas. The Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Henri Matisse. Luxe I. Luxe I. 1907. Oil on canvas. Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Henri Matisse. Blue Nude. (Souvenir de Biskra). Blue Nude. (Souvenir de Biskra). 1907. Oil on canvas. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD, USA. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Henri Matisse. Music (Sketch). Music (Sketch). 1907. Oil on canvas. The Museum of Modern Arts, New York, NY, USA. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Henri Matisse. The Bank. The Bank. 1907. Oil on canvas. Kunstmuseum Basel, Basel, Switzerland. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
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