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Henri Matisse
Henri Matisse was famous for his unique movements and styles of art. He was best known as a Fauve painter, and was a large part of the modern art movement. He contributed to modern art, by keeping up with the artistic movements and trends, but also held on to the classical artistic styles of the past. While his work continued some of the stylitsic qualities of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism, he was interested and involved, mostly, in Fauvism. He, like many other artists of this movement, emphasized strong colors over realistic and basic colors, found in Impressionism. One of his most famous pieces, The Dance (1909-1910) had two versions. The first piece, Dance I, resembled that of more classical styles of art, with its
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His styles and techniques were so particular and well-liked, that he succeeded regardless of the trends going on around him; The Dance (1910) being the perfect example, for it was loved and hated by many. By the 1920's, he was increasingly noticed as an upholder of the classical tradition in French painting. He was appreciated for bringing that traditional style painting into the modern age and not allowing it to die out like many other artistic traditions had.11 Even though he had been firmly criticized for how he painted, he was still respected for his eclectic style of line and brushwork. Matisse dreamt of, "an art of balance, of purity and serenity, devoid of troubling subject matter" (MA, 38).12 He did this by painting things with simple detail, and also with a light, airy, feel. He wanted to convey the message of classical art, as well as very modern styles of art. As he was influenced by many, he, later on, influenced other great modern artists. He carefully prepared his works but chose colors spontaneously and freely, this is what he called instinct. Like his art, Matisse's career is tightly consolidated. In the context of his development as an artist, his illustrations of the nude females in The Dance (1910), have quite a different significance than judgmental commentators give
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