was a master painter, printmaker, collage artist and sculptor.
His use of color and form continues to influence the work of
artists today - one hundred years later. Matisse was influenced
greatly by Primitive masks and he was the leader of the Fauve
("wild beast") movement. Fauvism was a movement in
French painting that changed the way artists used color in their
He studied under Bouguereau and Gustave Moreau, and experimented
with Pointillism, which he found rigidly confining. Later, building
on the work of Cézanne and Gauguin, he developed Fauvism,
the forerunner of Expressionism.
Major Works: 'Green Stripe (Madame Matisse)'
'La Joie de Vivre'
Image Links: 6900+
Site Pick: Web Museum, Paris