Originally, Matisse studied and trained to become a lawyer. He graduated from law school in Paris and worked as a clerk in a law office in Inat the age of 21, Matisse suffered from an acute appendicitis that would actually lead him to discover his passion for creating art. After he underwent surgery, he had a very long recovery time.
His work of the decade or so following this relocation shows a relaxation and a softening of his approach. This " return to order " is characteristic of much art of the post- World War I period and can be compared with the neoclassicism of Picasso and Stravinsky as well as the return to traditionalism of Derain.
His orientalist odalisque paintings are characteristic of the period; while this work was popular, some contemporary critics found it shallow and decorative.
He worked with not only Frenchmen, Dutch, Germans, and Spaniards, but also a few Americans and recent American immigrants.
After a new vigor and bolder simplification appeared in his work. American art collector Albert C. Barnes convinced him to produce a large mural for the Barnes FoundationHenri matisse and fauvism Dance IIwhich was completed in ; the Foundation owns several dozen other Matisse paintings.
This move toward simplification and a foreshadowing of the cutout technique are also evident in his painting Large Reclining Nude Matisse worked on this painting over a period of several months and documented the progress with a series of 22 photographs which he sent to Etta Cone.
Delectorskaya attempted suicide by shooting herself in the chest; remarkably, she survived with no serious after-effects, and instead returned to the now-single Matisse and worked with him for the rest of his life, running his household, paying the bills, typing his correspondence, keeping meticulous records, assisting in the studio and coordinating his business affairs.
His son, Pierre, by then a gallery owner in New York, begged him to flee while it was still possible. Matisse was, in fact, about to embark for Brazil to escape the Occupation, but abruptly changed his mind and remained in Nice, in Vichy France.
Matisse was allowed to exhibit along with other former Fauves and Cubists whom Hitler had initially claimed to despise, though without any Jewish artists, all of whose works had been purged from all French museums and galleries; any French artists exhibiting in France had to sign an oath assuring their "Aryan" status - including Matisse.
InMatisse was diagnosed with duodenal cancer. The surgery, while successful, resulted in serious complications from which he nearly died. A platonic friendship developed between Matisse and Bourgeois. He discovered that she was an amateur artist, and taught her about perspective. After Bourgeois left the position to join a convent inMatisse sometimes contacted her to request that she model for him.
Bourgeois became a Dominican nun inand Matisse painted a chapel in Vence, a small town he moved to inin her honor.
See section below, "The Chapel and the Museum" Matisse remained for the most part isolated in southern France throughout the war. Nonetheless, his family was intimately involved with the French resistance. Inhe held an exhibit in New York, "Artists in Exile," which was to become legendary.
Matisse's estranged wife, Amelie, was a typist for the French Underground and jailed for six months. Jazz Henri Matisse Diagnosed with abdominal cancer inMatisse underwent surgery that left him chair and bed bound. Painting and sculpture had become physical challenges, so he turned to a new type of medium.
With the help of his assistants, he began creating cut paper collages, or decoupage.
He would cut sheets of paper, pre-painted with gouache by his assistants, into shapes of varying colours and sizes, and arrange them to form lively compositions. Initially, these pieces were modest in size, but eventually transformed into murals or room-sized works. The result was a distinct and dimensional complexity—an art form that was not quite painting, but not quite sculpture.
Barnes arranged for cardboard templates to be made of the unusual dimensions of the walls onto which Matisse, in his studio in Nice, fixed the composition of painted paper shapes.Matisse, Piano Lesson Henri Matisse, The Piano Lesson, , oil on canvas, x (The Museum of Modern Art, New York City) This highly abstract painting is important because of its relation to the Cubist grid developed by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, because of its biographical aspects, and especially due to its thoughtful.
The most important Fauvist Painters were Henri Matisse and Andre Derain (), who had both studied together in , together with Derain's close friend Maurice de Vlaminck (). 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.
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