Henri Matisse said, "Creativity Takes Courage!" This four-hour workshop is being taught to bring out your courageous wildcat in creating a painting inspired by Henri Matisse and the Fauves! We will celebrate and create with bold colors and patterns, expressive form and almost primitive shapes to bring about the “Sunflower Wildcats,” a painting you create to make you smile and sink into at the end of the day.
Henri Matisse (1869 to 1954) was born in France and in 1889 began painting. Later, he said he discovered “a type of heaven.” Matisse was given a Van Gogh drawing and changed his palette to brilliant colors.
Matisse was part of the Fauve Movement which ran from 1904 to 1908 and after. Fauve in French means wild beasts or wildcat. Fauvism is a style of painting with vivid expressionistic and non-naturalistic use of color. Color was used to evoke emotion, create form and volume.
We Are A Creative Community of Courageous Wildcats.
Critic's Review is true. The rest of the Story was imagined and the inspiration of our painting!)
Imagine we are in Paris, France in 1905 with Henri Matisse, André Derain, Georges Braque and Maurice de Vlaminck and we’re discussing art topics of the day like Composition, Color, Pattern Play, Light, Shape and Shadow. Matisse picks up the Le Parisien newspaper and reads aloud the scathing criticism from an art critic who declared the group’s paintings as “a jar of paint being thrown in the face of the people!” Matisse shouts out to us, the critic says the people are “…chez les fauves!” (“…among the Wild Beasts/ Wildcats!”) With that, we stand, for this is no insult to us; instead, we raise our glasses and cheer, “Vive la Fauve! (“Long Live the Wildcats!”)
Matisse throws down the newspaper, grabs his brushes and canvas and surveys the room. He spots a crusty crock of fresh sunflowers with blue damask silk wallpaper as its backdrop. He moves his easel almost within reach and paints with bold colors and expressive shapes knowing the sunflowers represent longevity. He evokes his emotions into the close up movement of the sunflowers. Four hours later with only a few petals scattered on the tabletop, he shouts, “Viola, Viola le Tournesol Fauve!” (“There it is! There it is! The Sunflower Wildcats!”)