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Henri Matisse was born in 1869
31 December, 2016
The Moorish Screen 1921 oil on canvas Philadelphia Museum of Art. Bequest by Lisa Norris Elkins, 1950
One of the key figures of the arts revolution in the twentieth century, French painter, draughtsman, printmaker and sculptor Henri-Émile-Benoît Matisse was born in Le Cateau-Cambrésis, France December 31, 1869.
He is one of the most far-reaching innovators of the art of painting in the 20th century. His bold deformation of the human figure, his coarse lines, his liberation of colour, and his highly insistent accentuation of the painterly marked a clear break with the expectations of art prevalent at the time.
We remember here the exhibition Arabesque, inaugurated in March 2015 at the Scuderie del Quirinale in Rome.