France: Art & Sculpture of Matisse & Rodin

The methods used by Henri Matisse to create his drawings, paintings and little-known sculptures are revealed in this visit to the town of Le Cateau-Cambrésis in Nord-Pas de Calais, France. where the great artist was born. The works are displayed in the Palais Fénelon once the castle of the Bishops of Cambrai and now the Musée Matisse. Our search for another great sculptor takes us on to the port of Calais. In 1347 Queen Philippa interceded on behalf of the richest men who had offered their lives to save the townsfolk of Calais following a year-long siege by her husband King Edward lll of England. The story of the Burghers of Calais is commemorated by the great French sculptor, Auguste Rodin, with a work of art that stands outside the old City Hall. For more information: check out episode #100 in the International category.

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