"An artist must never be a prisoner. Prisoner? An artist should never be a prisoner of himself, prisoner of style, prisoner of reputation, prisoner of success, etc.” Henri Matisse


“Impressionism is the newspaper of the soul.” Henri Matisse


"I don't paint things. I only paint the difference between things." Henri Matisse


"I finally came to consider colors as forces, to be assembled as inspiration dictates. Colors can be transformed by relation; a black becomes red-black when you put it next to a rather cold color like Prussian blue, blue-black if you put it alongside a color that has an extremely hot basis: orange, for example. From that point on, I began working with a palette especially composed for each painting while I was working on it, which meant I could eliminate one of the primordial colors, like a red or a yellow or a blue, from my painting…. All the colors sing together; their strength is determined by the needs of the chorus. It’s like a musical chord." Henri Matisse
(http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/as-inspiration-dictates-henri-matisse-on-color/)


Henri-Émile-Benoît Matisse (31 Dec. 1869 – 3 Nov. 1954) French artist, known for both his use of color and his fluid and original draughtsmanship. He was a draughtsman, printmaker, and sculptor, but is known primarily as a painter.

Matisse is commonly regarded, along with Pablo Picasso and Marcel Duchamp, as one of the 3 artists who helped to define the revolutionary developments in the plastic arts throughout the opening decades of the 20th century, responsible for significant developments in painting and sculpture. Although he was initially labelled a Fauve (wild beast), by the 1920s he was increasingly hailed as an upholder of the classical tradition in French painting. His mastery of the expressive language of color and drawing, displayed in a body of work spanning over a half-century, won him recognition as a leading figure in modern art. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henri_Matisse)
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