In 1954 Matisse graduated from Harvard, where he once lived in Eliot House. After college he briefly studied at Harvard's Graduate School of Design before working in product development for Arthur D. Little. In 1962 he set off on his own, inventing and ultimately manufacturing Kalliroscopes.
He currently resides in a former Baptist church in Groton, Massachusetts. He is the stepson of artist Marcel Duchamp and grandson of French painter Henri Matisse. Henri Matisse's son, Pierre Matisse, was Paul's father. 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
Musical Fence (1980), an interactive musical sculpture once located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and now housed at the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts and at the Montshire Museum of Science in Vermont
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