How to paint like Matisse

As a young painter, Matisse’s subject matter of languid women, artful objects clustered about them, pretty colours and decorative fabrics all felt way too middle class and bourgeois for my young and rebellious eye.

But then I discovered that it was Matisse who goaded that other 20th century master, Picasso, into his experiments with Cubism. And while Matisse may have called Picasso ‘the boss,’ Picasso referred to Matisse as ‘the magician.’

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David Chandler teaches weekly art classes and painting courses in Italy and Spain. He also writes and presents Seeing Things, a monthly local radio show about the visual arts.