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Henri Matisse

Born in 1869 in France, Henri Matisse is best known for his attraction to bright colors within his artwork. This established him as an influential artist within Expressionism, a style characterized by the use of exaggerated visuals, whether through shape or color, to express emotion. Matisse’s collages, including “The Snail” or “The Horse, the Rider and the Clown” relied on these exaggerated shapes and vivid color schemes to relay emotions and stories. His piece, “Nu au Chale Vert,” although not as abstract as his collages, relied on realistic, human expression and vivid colors to bring this painting to life.