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Matisse Henri (1869 - 1954)

A famous French painter, graphic artist and sculptor, the leader of Fauvism trend. He was born in Le Cateau-Cambrésis in the north of France. In 1891 he entered the Academy of R. Julien in Paris, where he studied under the guidance of W. Bouguereau. During 1892 - 1898 he studied at the Paris School of Fine Arts under the guidance of G. Moreau. In 1896 he successfully debuted at the Salon of the National Society of Fine Arts, in 1901 - at the Salon «des Independants», in 1903 - at the Salon d'Automne. In 1896 his painting The reading lady was purchased by the state for the presidential residence in Rambouillet, France. In 1904 A. Vollard organized the first solo exhibition of the artist. At the Salon d'Automne in 1905 he led performance of the Fauvism painters. He travelled to Algeria (1906), Italy (1907), Germany (1908), Spain (1910 - 1911), Russia (1911), Morocco (1911 - 1913). In 1908 he published The Notes of the painter. In 1917 he once and for all moved to the south of France, settling down in the suburbs of Nice. In 1930 he travelled to Tahiti and twice to the United States. In 1950 he got the Grand Prix of the Venice Biennale. Besides painting he was also engaged in graphic art, sculpture, book illustration , theatrical scenery and monumental painting. His works are presented in the major museum collections all over the world.

Painters works:

Auction 22 Lot 158

«Portrait of L. Delectorskaya», 1939
paper, the author's lithography 38x28,5

Price: 2 500 3 500 $