First graders learned about the french artist Henri Mattise. He lived from 1869-1972. He grew up wanting to be a lawyer and did not begin painting until he was 20 years old. After painting for the first time, he declared that for the first time in his life, he was not bored. He quit law school and became an artist. Matisse loved color and painted the colors he felt, not the colors he saw. An art critique said that he painted like a wild beast or in French- les Fauves. Matisse therefore was part of an art movement known as fauvism. We looked closely at his painting of goldfish and tried to replicate it, but using the colors we liked.