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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.
         
   
F
An artist must possess Nature. He must identify himself with her rhythm, by efforts that will prepare the mastery which will later enable him to express himself in his own language.

R
There is nothing more difficult for a truly creative painter than to paint a rose, because before he can do so he has first to forget all the roses that were ever painted.
A
Drawing is like making an expressive gesture with the advantage of permanence.
N
What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter.
K
With color one obtains an energy that seems to stem from witchcraft.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: In "Artists in Quotation," by Donna Ward La Cour, 1989.
R: Comment recalled in obituaries reporting his death, 5 Nov. 1954.
A: The Christian Science Monitor, 3/25/1985
N: In "The Speaker's Electronic Reference Collection," AApex Software, 1994.
K: quoted by Michael Brenson, 'The New York Times', May 26, 1985
   


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