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Henri Matisse
(1869 - 1954)

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1869 Born 31 December in France near the Belgian border
1882 Studies Greek, Latin and French at the lycée in Saint-Quentin
1887 Goes to Paris to study law, according to his father's wishes
1888 Passes law exam, takes work as a law clerk in Saint-Quentin
1889 Taking early mornings classes in drawing at a local school, an attack of appendicitis keeps him in bed for an extended recuperation - and he paints to pass the time
1891 Leaves for Paris to pursue studies of painting, registers at the Académie Julian
1892 Fails entrance exam for the école des Beaux-Arts, attends Ecole Nationale des Arts Décoratifs
1895 Passes entrance exam for école des Beaux-Arts, enters the studio of Gustave Moreau
1898 Marries Amélie Parayre
1898 Moreau dies, Matisse is asked to give his place in the studio to a younger student (Matisse is now over thirty)
1901 Exhibits at the Salon des Indépendants
1904 First solo show at the Galerie Vollard
1905 First Fauve exhibition
1906 Meets Picasso and Braque, travels to North Africa
1908 Notes d'un Peintre published
1908 Exhibits in New York for the first time (at the 291 Gallery)
1908 Sarah Stein convinces Matisse to open his own art school - he teaches until 1911
1913 Exhibits at the Armory Show in New York
1914 Matisse is rejected for military service, he sends his family to Toulouse
1917 Begins spending winters in Nice
1920 Designs sets and costumes for Giaghilev's ballet Song of the Nightingale
1923 Work is included in the Armory Show in New York
1925 Named a Chevalier of the Legion of Honour
1930 Spends three months in Tahiti
1939 Matisse's art is condemned by the Nazi's as 'degenerate'
1940 Separation from wife
1941 Undergoes surgery for duodenal cancer
1946 Appears in a documentary film entitled A Vist with Matisse
1946 Elevated to the rank of Commander of the Legion of Honour
1947 Jazz, written and illustrated by Matisse, published
1954 Dies 3 November in Nice of a heart attack
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