Henri Matisse was a French artist known primarily as a painter although he also made plenty of work in other media. In addition to painting Matisse explored printmaking for 50 years and also was a sculptor. Matisse would make prints in his own studio, apparently, when he wanted to take a break from painting. Although Matisse is not as well known for his prints as he is for his paintings. he made over 100 drypoint prints and etchings in only one year, 1929. It seems that in addition
to a break fr
om intensive painting, he would use printmaking as an extension to his drawing practice.
Friedensreich Hundertwasser 1928-2000
Born in Vienna Austria he is best known as a painter. Hundertwasser also made prints, flags, stamps, posters and architecture. He strongly believed in individualism and this was very evident in his art. Hundertwasser's use of organic shapes illustrates his rejection of straight lines and his enchantment with the spiral. His architecture demonstrated his belief in reuniting humans with nature by designing and constructing buildings with trees growing inside of them with grass covered roofs.