Paul Matisse

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Paul Matisse (born 1933) is an artist and inventor known for his public art installations, many of which are interactive. Matisse also invented the Kalliroscope.

Early life and education[edit]

Paul Matisse is the stepson of artist Marcel Duchamp and grandson of French painter Henri Matisse. Henri Matisse's son, Pierre Matisse, was Paul's father.[1]

In 1954 Matisse graduated from Harvard,[1] where he once lived in Eliot House.

Matisse studied at Harvard's Graduate School of Design, and worked briefly with Buckminster Fuller.[2]

Artistic career[edit]

Matisse worked in product development for Arthur D. Little.[2] In 1962 he set off on his own, inventing (1966), patenting (1968), and ultimately manufacturing Kalliroscopes.[3]

From 1977 to 1979 he helped enlarge a sculpture by Alexander Calder (who had died suddenly in 1976) for the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.[4] Thereafter, he began his own public art career.

Personal life[edit]

Matisse currently resides with his wife Mimi and has a workshop and gallery in a former Baptist church in Groton, Massachusetts.[1][2] His daughter Sophie Matisse is a painter in New York. His son, Alex Matisse, is a pottery artist and founder of East Fork Pottery in North Carolina. His granddaughter is actress Gaïa Jacquet-Matisse.

Selected public artworks[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Reed, Christopher (1 May 2002). "Pure Fabrications". Harvard Magazine. Harvard University. Retrieved 2019-05-02.
  2. ^ a b c "Bio". Paul Matisse. Retrieved 2019-05-02.
  3. ^ "History". Paul Matisse. Retrieved 2019-05-02.
  4. ^ "Calder Mobile". Paul Matisse. Retrieved 2019-05-02.
  5. ^ "Forest Bells". Paul Matisse. Retrieved 2019-05-02.