As a show featuring Matisse's late-career "cut-outs" draws huge crowds at MoMA this fall, LIFE recalls the great artist with photos taken around the time of another MoMA triumph, way back in 1951:http://ti.me/1o9NOa2
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Modern Masters is a four-part television series detailing the life and work of four giants of 20th century art: Henri Matisse; Pablo Picasso; Salvador Dali and Andy Warhol.
During the course of the series, presenter and journalist, Alastair Sooke, explores why these artists are considered so important and examines how their influence can still be seen in our world today.
In this episode, Alastair sets out to discover just how much the artist Henri Matisse has influenced our modern lives. He explains why Matisse's art is considered so great and also looks at how Matisse's brilliant use of color and simplification of form continues to inspire illustrators, designers and of course artists today.