Paul Matisse (born 1933) is an artist and inventor. He is known especially for his public art installations, many of which are interactive. He is also inventor of the Kalliroscope.
In 1954, Matisse graduated from Harvard, where he once lived in Eliot House with Stephen Joyce, grandson of James Joyce, and Sadruddin Aga Khan, a descendant of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. After college he briefly studied at Harvard's Graduate School of Design before working in product development for Arthur D. Little. In 1962 he set off on his own, manufacturing Kalliroscopes.
He currently resides in a former Baptist church in Groton, Massachusetts. He is the stepson of artist Marcel Duchamp and grandson of French painter Henri Matisse. Henri Matisse's son, Pierre Matisse, was Paul's father. His daughter Sophie Matisse is a painter in New York.
Selected public artworks
- Memorial Bell for the National Japanese-American Memorial to Patriotism in Washington, DC (2001)
- Kendall Band (1987), an interactive musical sculpture in the MBTA's Kendall/MIT subway station in Cambridge, Massachusetts
- Charlestown Bells, an interactive musical sculpture on the Charles River Dam between downtown Boston, Massachusetts and the Boston neighborhood of Charlestown
- Musical Fence (1980), an interactive musical sculpture once located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and now housed at the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts and at the Montshire Museum of Science in Vermont
- Christopher Reed, "Pure Fabrications", Harvard Magazine, May-June 2002.
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