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Henri Matisse
Rap-Song for Teaching Famous Artist Recognition in Art Classes
Sharon Luanne Rivera: School Art Theatre Productions

This song is available on Sharon Luanne Rivera's
Rappin' Clappin' Singin' About Art
Volume 2.

(Verse 1) 
There once was an artist named Henri Matisse born in 1869 in
the north of France. His parents owned a store, sold seeds and grains. His
folks thought he should work with them or study to be a lawyer someday.
He studied law, thought it was a bore, when he got sick his mom bought
him paints. He tried them out. It made him feel great! Henri Matisse felt
free when he painted using decorative lines and simple shapes.

(Verse 2) 
He was an adult when he started art school so he had a lot of
catchin' up to do. They taught him at school to keep the old art rules;
carefully painted figures, and objects done with dark colors. He went to
Africa one day and saw designs all over the place; on the walls, clothes and
the rugs. He loved these patterns and colors so bright, so he used them in
his art along with black and white.

(Verse 3) 
Henri Matisse liked Impressionistic art which gave him ideas
and a brand new start. He used bright dabs of paint and worked in the
style of Claude Monet, John Russell and Camille Pissarro. He was named a
Wild Beast when he used colors wild and bold. The French word is Fauve.

(Verse 4) 
Henri Matisse painted The Joy of Life, Woman with the
Hat, Goldfish, his wife. Open Window, Harmony in Red,
Purple Robe and Anemones, The Dance, The Sadness of the
King, The Dinner Table, Le Codomas, Roofs at Collioure, paper
cut outs. He was great, with line and shape. Henri Matisse kept creating
till he died from his wheelchair and his bed, lovely designs. Henri Matisse.

See more of our Art Appreciation and Biographical Song Lyrics.

Many thanks to Sharon Luanne Rivera for permission to display these lyric excerpts.
© School Art Theatre Productions. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

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