Second SundAZe: Exploring Matisse
For today’s Second SundAZe activities we’re heading upstairs to investigate a Modern artist featured in the Palice Gallery of European Art. This includes a close look at one of the 32 linocuts on view by Henri Matisse, virtual storytime and a hands-on paper collage activity.
Second SundAZe Family Day @TMA is presented by The Stonewall Foundation.
Henri Matisse, PASIPHAE I, Study for “…fraîchie sur des lits de violettes…” (…fresh from beds of violets…), 1981, Linocut, 86/100. Collection of the Tucson Museum of Art. Gift of Rica and Harvey Spivack. 2011.11.1.15
Looking at this image, what do you notice? What might this woman be thinking? This is a print done by the artist Henri Emile Benoit Matisse for the book PASIPHAE I. It is called Study for “…fraîchie sur des lits de violettes…” (…fresh from beds of violets…). In Greek mythology, Pasiphae was an immortal daughter of the sun-god Helios and the wife of Minos.
This print is one of 32 from this book that are currently on view upstairs in TMA’s Palice Gallery of European Art. During Matisse’s career as an artist, he was known as a painter, draughtsman, printmaker and sculptor. He was one of the main artists who helped to create modern art movement early in the 20th century. Come check out this print as well as many others the next time you are at the museum!
Storytime: Henri’s Scissors by Jeanette Winter
In a small weaving town in France, a young boy named Henri-Emile Matisse drew pictures everywhere, and when he grew up, he moved to Paris and became a famous artist who created paintings that were adored around the world. But late in life a serious illness confined him to a wheelchair, and amazingly, it was from there that he created among his most beloved works—enormous and breathtaking paper cutouts. Read by Morgan Wells, curator of education
Create: Make a Paper Collage
Create a paper collage inspired by Henri Matisse! Watch the video below for instructions.
- Construction paper in several colors
- Glue stick or other glue
Enjoy a 7-minute lesson about Matisse in this animated short video from the series Art with Mati and Dada.