Matisse

We were inundated with entries to the competition to name the artist from the following clue:

There exists 55i perpendicular to all w.

After sorting through all responses (another mathematical puzzle: how many ways are there of ordering zero items), none contained the correct response. So here’s a further clue.

Matise

Anyone? Bueller?

I stumbled upon this slightly contrived puzzle in Germany in 1993, lying on a mattress in Simon Barnett’s flat in Cologne, with a Matisse picture on the wall at the head of the mattress. Reading the capitalised artist’s name upside down gave a slightly bizarre mathematical statement.

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