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Artist of the Week: HENRI MATISSE

October 23, 2017



Henri Matisse 1869 – 1954, was a French artist known for his use of color and his brilliant use of line.  He discovered art when his mother brought him  supplies during a period of convalescence from an illness. He said, “From the moment I held the box of colors in my hands, I knew this was my life. I threw myself into it like a beast that plunges towards the thing it loves.” Matisse’s mother was the first to advise her son not to adhere to the “rules” of art, but rather listen to his own emotions. He once declared that he wanted his art to be one "of balance, of purity and serenity. Henri Matisse is widely regarded as the greatest colorist of the twentieth century. Scholars have described Matisse as a precursor of Abstract Expressionism and major influence on much of modern art.

He was heavily influenced by art from other cultures-  Incorporating Asian art, Moroccan design and colors , Islamic art,  African sculpture, and  Japanese prints into his own style.









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 Week One: Cave Paintings

It has been an eventful week in our Art Literacy class. We have been all around the world.  I would like to thank all of my wonderful students for their great efforts. We began with the story of the discovery of the discovery of cave paintings in Lascaux,  France  and also looked at images from  Spain , where the oldest known cave paintings have been found,  in the cave called El Castillo. The prehistoric dots and crimson hand stencils are now the world's oldest known cave art that dates more than 40,800 years old.


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