Daily Mail - - Inspire - By ETAN SMALLMAN

1) B. A lawyer

Matisse got a law de­gree and worked as a le­gal clerk. He be­gan paint­ing at 20 while re­cov­er­ing from ill­ness and left his ca­reer for art in a year, re­port­ing that paint­ing had opened for him ‘a kind of par­adise’.


The 2014 show was the first in the Tate’s his­tory to at­tract more than half a mil­lion peo­ple. with 562,622 vis­i­tors, it beat the 2002 ‘Matisse Pi­casso’ show’s 467,166.

3) A. Wild beasts

The name ‘Fau­vism’ was coined by art critic Louis Vaux­celles, who saw the first show of the Fau­vists, and was so ap­palled by their shock­ing use of ex­pres­sive colour that he called them the ’wild beasts’. Led by Matisse, they pro­vided the first ma­jor euro­pean art move­ment of the 20th cen­tury.

4) B. Tried to shoot her­self in the chest

LY­DIA Delec­torskaya was a model, whose face and body Matisse — ac­cord­ing to his bi­og­ra­pher — came to know ‘by heart, like the al­pha­bet’. She be­came his muse and cre­ative part­ner, threat­en­ing to sup­plant his wife, Amélie, who de­manded he choose be­tween them. when the painter pro­claimed loy­alty to his wife, Ly­dia tried to shoot her­self in the chest. Amélie soon asked for a di­vorce and he and Ly­dia were re­united.

5) D. ‘It has taken me my whole life to learn to draw like a child’

THAT was said by Pablo Pi­casso.


How­ever, Matisse was an in­som­niac, who spent the small hours mak­ing sketches with a two-me­tre-long bam­boo cane tipped with char­coal. The colours of his cut-outs were so in­tense his doc­tor told him to wear dark glasses while work­ing on them. matisse in the stu­dio is on at the royal academy un­til Novem­ber 12.

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