Henri Matisse, Purple Robe and Anemones, 1937, oil on canvas, 73.1 x 60.5 cm, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, Photo by Julia Manzerova via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic License.

Happy Birthday Henri Matisse

Henri Matisse

French Fauve painter and draughtsman

Henri-Émile-Benoît Matisse was born on December 31, 1869 in Le Cateau-Cambrésis in the north of France to a grain merchant.  In 1887, he moved to Paris to study law, but decided to become an artist after dabbling in art when recovering from appendicitis.

Matisse died at the age of 84 in 1954 and is buried in the cemetery of the Monastère Notre Dame de Cimiez, near Nice.

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