Matisse, some argue, had a greater influence on the Modernist movements of the 20th century than any other artist, including Picasso. It's a difficult argument to carry, but as you stare into his immensely absorbing, colorful and varied paintings, it's hard, at least for the moment, not to believe it.
Harmony in Red
Still Life with Pitcher and Fruit
"La Danse" with Nasturtiums