Unit #1: Henri Matisse: Identity Compositions in Collage. LTC 4240: Art for Children Spring Semester 2013 Lesson Design by Mary Franco. Henri Matisse: Lawyer to Artist. Henri Matisse was born in northern France in 1869. His formal education was in law, but
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LTC 4240: Art for Children
Spring Semester 2013
Lesson Design by Mary Franco
Henri Matisse was born in northern
France in 1869.
His formal education was in law, but
was introduced to paintingby his
mother in 1889 while recovering
“From the moment I held the box of
colors in my hands, I knew this was my life!”
Matisse with his mother, 1889
After a summer in St. Tropez in 1904, Matisse’s use of color became more daring, imaginative & expressive.
Matisse he became a leader among a group of like-minded painters called the “fauves” or “wild beasts” by art critics.
On critic stated, "A pot of paint has been flung in the face of the public!” (Tynes, 2010, para. 2)
When exhibited in 1905, “Lady With a Hat” received particularly sharp criticism.
“Lady With a Hat,” 1905
Of Matisse, art critic Berger said, “He clashed his colors together like cymbals and the effect was like a lullaby” (cited in Welton, 2002, p. 17)
Of his own work, Matisse stated, “My drawings and my canvases are parts of myself” (cited in Welton, 2002, p. 35)
“Luxe, Calme, et Volupte” 1904-1905
“La Danse II” 1910
“Harmony in Red,” 1908-09
A cancer diagnosis and related surgery in 1941, confined artist Henri Matisse to a wheelchair. He could no longer stand at an easel.
It also represented a creative turning point in the life of the artist
For the next 14 years of his life, he would express his phenomenal creativity and artistic abilities through an art process he called “painting with scissors”.
Mattise, the French artist once identified as a
…developed a new ARTIST IDENTITYwith the art of collage.
In the last fourteen years of his life, Matisse “developed his final artistic triumph by cutting into color." (National Gallery of Art, 2013)
the same subject until satisfied
Henri Matisse, “La DanseI, 1909”
Henri Matisse, “La Danse II, 1910”
Henri Matisse, “La Danse, de Paris , 1931-1933”
by Bang as you create these small compositions.)
STUDIO ACTIVITY: IDENTITY COMPOSITIONS IN COLLAGE(Continued)
National Gallery of Art (2013). Matisse Cutouts. Retrieved from
Smith, K. S. (xxxx). Pure essence: What makes Matisse great. The National Catholic
Review. Retrieved from http://americamagazine.org/issue/pure-essence
Tynes, T. (2010, July 19). Matisse at MoMA. [Web log]. Walking Off the Big Apple.
Retrieved from http://www.walkingoffthebigapple.com/2010/07/matisse-at
Welton, J. (2002). Artists in their time: Henri Matisse. New York, NY: Scholastic Books.