Matisse made copies of many paintings in the Louvre to learn painting. He was more than just a Fauvist. He also experiment with other techniques like Cubism and Pointillism. In his old age, he worked with painted paper and scissors, making collages.
“In a letter Matisse described this picture: "Through the window of the drawing room one sees the green of the garden and a black tree trunk, a basket of forget-me-nots on the table, a garden chair and a rug." -  Estimated value of this painting: $60 million.
The leader of the "Fauves" was Matisse, who had arrived at the Fauve style after earlier experimenting with the various Post-Impressionist styles of Van Gogh, Gauguin, and Cézanne, and the Neo-Impressionism of Seurat, Cross, and Signac. These influences inspired him to reject traditional three-dimensional space and seek instead a new picture space defined by the movement of color planes.  Fauvism began around 1900 and continued beyond 1910.
Henri Matisse wrote Notes d´un peintre in 1908.
At MOMA and the Hermitage
Fruit and Coffeepot, 1898.
- Henri Matisse National Gallery of Art, Washington.
- Le plan du site Le musée Matisse. In French.
- Biography. Olga's Gallery.
- Illustrated Chronology.
- Henri Matisse. In Spanish.