Henri Matisse Paintings in Paris Exhibit Reveal Perfectionism [PHOTOS]

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    Paintings at the Matisse exhibit in Paris' Pompidou Center.
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    Nude paintings by Henri Matisse on exhibit in Paris.
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    Visitors at the Pompidou Center in Paris check out works by Matisse.
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    Visitors check out two of Matisse's paintings on display at the Pompidou Center in Paris.
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    Matisse's paintings on display at the Pompidou Center in Paris.
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    At the Matisse exhibit in Paris.
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The late French painter Henri Matisse was quite a perfectionist, and now there's an exhibition to show it.

The exhibition, titled Matisse: Pairs and Series, is on display at the Pompidou Center in Paris, France.

The exhibition shows how the artist would paint the same thing more than once until he liked what he thought was the best version.

We wanted to challenge the received wisdom that he was a happy painter, an easy painter, a sort of virtuoso of simplicity and joy, exhibition curator Cecile Debray told Reuters. Matisse was obsessive, worried, racked with doubt from the beginning to the end, and he showed it in his painting through this constant multiplication and exploration.

The Matisse: Pairs and Series exhibition will run through June 18 in Paris. It will then go to Copenhagen's Statens Museum for Kunst and then to New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art, Reuters reported.

Click through to see some of the paintings on display.

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