Henri Matisse (1869-1954) was nearly 50 years old when, for the first time in his life, he spent the winter season in Nice. So profoundly did the light of the Mediterranean coast affect this native of northern France that, from 1917 on, Nice became an annual autumn-to-spring pilgrimage and, finally, a year-round destination. He died there in 1954, shortly before his 85th birthday. In the almost four decades he spent there, this one-time Fauve, or “wild beast of color” as the Paris critics had labeled him, blazed new paths that penetrated even more deeply into the tangled relationship of color and form.
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