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October 23, 2017



Matisse is a great example of a person not being defined by limitations and circumstances. Wheelchair bound and unable to continue painting,  paper cut-outs became his major medium in the final decade of his life. He first used  the technique  in 1919 doing  designs  for the Le chant du Rossignol, an Opera made by Igor Stravinsky , and in 1938, while working on the stage sets for  Diaghilev's Ballets Russes.

He moved to the hilltop of Vence in 1943, where he produced his first major cut-out project for his artist's book titled" Jazz", which inspired numerous other projects and works of art using the technique. Ever evolving and adapting, Matisse said, “An artist must never be a prisoner of himself, prisoner of a style, prisoner of a reputation, or prisoner of success…"



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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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