Creativity takes courage!

ity takes courage.”
~ Henri Matisse (1869 – 1954)

Still Life with Fruit by Henri Matisse

French painter, Henri Matisse, is considered to be one of the most important artists of the 20th century. He tells us that “Creativity takes courage,” and he should know! His flat shapes, expressive abstractions and vivid use of color was highly controversial in his day, earning him the label of “Fauve” or “wild beast”. In many ways, Matisse was “ahead of his time”. His bold expressions of creativity caused him great criticism. Yet today Matisse’s work is treasured and appreciated, and a source of inspiration for contemporary artists worldwide.

When we teach our students about artists like Matisse, we encourage them to take risks and respond to the world around them in new ways. Students and teachers alike will be inspired by the boundless imagination and courage of Henri Matisse and other great artists. Learn their stories, get inspired, be courageous, and share your own unique brand of creativity!

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