Art has been around for thousands of year and done so as a depiction of things that happened or what may happen in the future. It was always depicting what they saw and not how they felt. Henri Matisse was one of the first to paint how he felt and not what he saw. Henri Matisse was a French artist who became known for his colorful but two dimensional works of art. These paintings were revolutionary since they were unlike any other, these painting would pave the way for modern art from early 20th century to today.
He emerged as a Post-Impressionist, and first showed prominence as the leader of the French movement Fauvism. Although his works were traditional such as nudes, figures in landscapes, portraits, and interior views his revolutionary use of brilliant color and exaggerated form to express emotion made him one of the most influential artists of the 20th century.