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Henri Matisse did not set out to be an artist, in fact, he studied the law and worked as a law clerk. However, Matisse fell in love with painting and art when his mother gave him some art supplies to keep him occupied during his recovery from acute appendicitis.
As Matisse began studying and exploring art, his mother encouraged him not to follow the normal rules of art, but to try out new things and to paint his emotions. Later, in his old age, Matisse began to experiment with cutouts. He worked with painted paper and scissors, making collages, some of which became famous pieces of artwork.
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Henri Matisse was a French artist, known for his use of bright colours in his artwork. He is mainly known as a painter, but he was also a draughtsman, printmaker and sculptor. His mastery of the expressive language of colour and drawing, displayed in a body of work spanning over a half-century, won him recognition as a leading figure in modern art and in the Fauvism art movement.