The gorgeous color and lines of Henri Matisse’s “Goldfish 1911” demonstrate the style that made him the 20th century’s most important French painter. Leaving law studies to pursue art, Matisse became a master painter, printer, sculptor, illustrator and collage artist. First labeled a Fauvist, his stunning artistic versatility included primitive art, impressionism and abstraction. Describing his art as balancing serenity, purity and comforting subjects, Matisse was acclaimed during his lifetime. Today’s artists are still profoundly influenced by his unique use of color and form.