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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.
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.

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.
Drawing is like making an expressive gesture with the advantage of permanence.
What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter.
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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