Henri Matisse

Artist

Henri Émile Benoît Matisse was a French artist, known for both his use of colour and his fluid and original draughtsmanship. He was a draughtsman, printmaker, and sculptor, but is known primarily as a painter. 1 2 3

Daily Routine

Henri Matisse had a rigorously disciplined routine that started at dawn every day. Matisse would leave his apartment and head to Club Nautique, where he’d spending a couple of hours oaring in the harbour. After some time on the water, the French artist would return home to practice the violin until 9 am. He would then paint from 9 am -12 pm.

Noon was followed by lunch, a nap and then another period of work from 2 pm to the evening. As the natural sun light faded for the day, Matisse would continue drawing using artificially light. Typically, Matisse would work 7 days a week.