Henri Matisse was born in 1869 in a small town in France. His parents owned a general store and wanted Henri to take over the family business but Henri decided to become a lawyer instead. At 20, he got very sick and had to be admitted to the hospital. His mother bought him a box of paints and from that day on, Henri decided to be an artist.
Matisse was called the “King of Color”. He recognized that color played a big part in how we perceive life. Later in life, Matisse developed cancer and was bed ridden. He still created art in his
bed by using a bamboo stick tipped with chalk. He drew on the ceiling!
He also started cutting out shapes with scissors and called this art form, “drawing with scissors.”
Did you know…
• That Matisse and Picasso were both friends and rivals?
• That Matisse joined a group of painters and because of their
wild colors, they were known as “Fauves” which means
• Matisse painted with a few colors and a few lines at a time.
Be a fly on the wall in our art room! Take a look at what we do, how we do it and the smiles that I get to see week after week :)