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Henri Matisse's Sculptures

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Henri Matisse has long been one of my favorite painters yet up until a few days ago while researching him, I had never seen one of his sculptures.  Although he is labeled as a one of the most important painters in Fauvism, he was also a draughtsman, printmaker, and sculptor.  Matisse sculpted his figures to express stress and pain and they were certainly darker than his paintings.  He exaggerated the figure’s contours in order to show their struggle.  Much of the figures are twisted and in strange positions.