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Henri Matisse
(1869-1954) born on
Dec 31
French artist, author. He was pioneer of modern art of room interiors, vivid female nudes, and still-lifes, e.g., "The Red Studio," 1911.
In the beginning you must subject yourself to the influence of nature. You must be able to walk firmly on the ground before you start walking of a tightrope.

In art, truth and reality begin when one no longer understands what one is doing or what one knows, and when there remains an energy that is all the stronger for being constrained, controlled and compressed.
I don't paint things. I only paint the difference between things.
Derive happiness in oneself from a good day's work, from illuminating the fog that surrounds us.
I have always tried to hide my efforts and wished my works to have a light joyousness of springtime which never lets anyone suspect the labors it has cost me.
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: In "Artists in Quotation," by Donna Ward La Cour, 1989.
R: In "The Speaker's Electronic Reference Collection," AApex Software, 1994.
A: In "Webster's Electronic Quotebase," ed. Keith Mohler, 1994.
N: In "The Speaker's Electronic Reference Collection," AApex Software, 1994.
K: Quoted by Theodore F Wolff in review of "The Drawings of Henri Matisse" exhibit at Manhattan's Museum of Modern Art; in "Christian Science Monitor," 25 Mar 1985.

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