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Master of the expressive language of color and drawing, Matisse is a modern art original. He referred to The Dance, one of his key masterpieces, as “the overpowering climax of luminosity”. Painted in 1910 it uses a classic Fauvist color palette and reflects his fascination with primitive art. It hangs in the Hermitage Museum. In 1932 he again used the theme in a 15×45 foot triptych mural commissioned for $30,000 and executed in Nice.

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Intrigued with his painting techniques (especially the ultra long brush), I went on an internet search, culling photos of him at work.

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He was unstoppable, reinventing his style over and over as he aged.

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In Paris you can see his works at the Musée National d’Arte Moderne, 11 avenue du Président Wilson (16th) and Centre Georges Pompidou.

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