Discussion Questions: Henri Matisse, Sketch for Le Bonheur de vivre (The Joy of Life)

Henri Matisse, Sketch for Le Bonheur de vivre (The Joy of Life), 1905-6; collection SFMOMA, bequest of Elise S. Haas; © Succession H. Matisse, Paris / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; photo: Ben Blackwell

  1. Take a look at the colors in this artwork. Why do you think the artist used these colors? Do colors have meaning? What color do you see most in this work? What color do you see the least?
  2. Do you see movement in this work, or does it seem to stand still? What about the colors, lines, and shapes make it seem that way?
  3. Take a look at the title of this work. Write a poem or create a dance that could have the same title.

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