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Grade 9-12

The Dance: French Art History and Henri Matisse

by Merritt Barnwell | Arts

3 Lessons 41:05
  1. 1. Introduction 6:42
  2. 2. Lecture 31:11
  3. 3. Video of Matisse 3:12

Grade 9-12



During this course, we will discuss french art such as The Dance and the revolutionary French artist, Henri Matisse, and his life. We will begin the course with a brief description of his life's work and what he is most known for. Then we will begin an in-depth lecture on Matisse's life paired with accompanying images. After a brief video of Matisse speaking about his work to acquaint everyone with his personality, we will discuss two specific masterpieces by the artist and give detailed descriptions.


  • Biography
  • Color
  • Fauvism
  • Herni Matisse
  • Matisse


Hello, my name is Merritt! I am a student at Yale University where I study Art History and Studio Art. I am personally very passionate about painting and graphic design, specifically, book design. I grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico where I was always surrounded by art. When I was younger I volunteered at the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum where I first participated in arts education. I now tour-guide at the Yale Center for British Art where I teach visitors about the collection. I am interested in making art more accessible and hope that shows through in my videos!

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