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10,295. [Henri] Matisse’s new works were great hymns to harmony and tranquility. (Art & Artists: Matisse) Great Artists in Their Own Words I: The Future is Now 1907-1939, BBC 2013
10,296. Matisse: ‘I was happiest when I couldn’t sell my paintings.’ (Art & Artists: Matisse) ibid.
10,297. Matisse: ‘Without hard work, talent is not enough.’ (Art & Artists: Matisse) ibid.
11,145. Slowly I discovered the secret of my art. It consists of a meditation on nature, on the expression of a dream which is always inspired by reality. Henri Matisse
11,146. For my part I have never avoided the influence of others. I would have considered it cowardice and a lack of sincerity toward myself. Henri Matisse
11,147. You study, you learn, but you guard the original naïveté. Henri Matisse
11,148. 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. (Artists: Matisse & Rose) Henri Matisse
11,149. A picture must possess a real power to generate light ... for a long time now I’ve been conscious of expressing myself through light or rather in light. (Artists: Matisse & Picture) Henri Matisse
11,150. I have always tried to hide my efforts and wished my works to have the light joyousness of springtime which never lets anyone suspect the labours it has cost me. Henri Matisse
11,151. What I am after above all is expression. Henri Matisse
68,667. Creativity takes courage. (Creativity & Courage & Artists: Matisse) Henri Matise
11,719. What I dream of in art is balance, of purity and serenity devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter … a soothing, calming influence on the mind, rather like a good armchair which provides relaxation from physical fatigue. Henri Matisse
11,152. We are not here in the presence of an extravagant or an extremist undertaking: Matisse’s art is eminently reasonable. Guillaume Apollinaire, article La Falange 1907
12,857. Chapel of Our Lady of the Rosary de Vence: Matisse designed the ceramic walls and floor, the stained glass, the murals, the furnishings and even the robes for the priests. (Christianity & Church & Artists: Matisse) Art of Faith: Christianity, Sky Arts 2012
133,872. Matisse is one of the most well-loved painters of the twentieth century. Best known for his cut-outs, childlike images cut directly into sheets of vibrant colour, he wanted his art to transcend the darkness and the violence of the twentieth century. Becoming Matisse, BBC 2020
133,873. Underneath the creator of the cut-outs was a real rebel, a revolutionary, a man who risked everything to tear up the rules of Western art. ibid.
133,874. He was ridiculed by everyone. ibid.
137,208. One of the most popular shows here in London and in New York was Matisse’s The Cut-Outs. Given the delicate nature of the work, it was genuinely a once-in-a-lifetime show. Tim Marlow, Great Art s4e4, ITV 2020
137,209. Henri Matisse is one of those artists whose energy and inventiveness run deep throughout his entire life. His is a colourful story in every sense that resulted in many great works, culminating in a late period where brushes were replaced by scissors: ground-breaking three-dimensional and emotional works. ibid.
137,210. ‘Scissors can acquire more feeling for line than pencil or charcoal. Cutting directly into colour reminds me of a sculptor carving into stone. The cut-out is what I have know found the simplest and most direct way to express myself.’ ibid. Matisse
137,211. The Snail 1953 … Memory of Oceania 1952-53 … Large Decoration with Masks 1953 … Blue Nude III 1952 … ibid.
137,212. It was in the USA too that the wealthy industrialist Albert Barnes commissioned a huge mural also called The Dance. ibid.