- Born: 31 December 1869
- Birthplace: Le Cateau-Cambrésis, France
- Died: 3 November 1954
- Best Known As: French artist and leader of the Fauve movement
That's how the Answers.com page on Henri Matisse starts. Most of the information's what you'll pick up elsewhere online - although Answers.com has, I think, one of the more thorough and accessible collections of text and pictures.
I was particularly interested in a paragraph at the end of Answers.com's copy of a Wikipedia page:
"...Henri Matisse's grandson, Paul Matisse, is an artist and inventor living in Massachusetts. Matisse's great granddaughter Sophie Matisse is active as an artist in 2009. Les Heritiers Matisse functions as his official Estate. The U.S. copyright representative for Les Heritiers Matisse is the Artists Rights Society...."
The links on Answers.com led back to Answers.com pages (fair enough - they like to generate internal traffic). I did a quick search and found the URL for Artists Rights Society: arsny.com.
Artists Rights Society uses the acronym ARS - probably inspired by "ars longa, vita brevis", attributed to Hippocrates: or, 'Life is fleeting, but art endures.' ("The Trouble with Art" Ronald R. Thomas) And ARS is in New York City: N. Y.: so a good, memorable URL for the outfit is arsny.com - until someone pronounces it.
Getting back to Henri Matisse.
I was glad to learn that his descendants, some of them, are keeping up the sort of creative work that Henri Matisse did.