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Mondrian and Matisse Class - Year 5

Welcome to Year 5 - Mondrian and Matisse Class!
Picture 1 Piet Mondrian
Picture 2 Henri Matisse

This year, our classes are named after inspirational artists: Piet Mondrian and Henri Matisse.



Piet Mondrian is a Dutch artist best known for his abstract paintings. Art that is abstract does not show things that are recognisable, such as people, objects or landscapes. Instead artists use colours, shapes and textures to achieve their effect. As well as abstract art, Mondrian was also passionate about dancing! Apparently he didn't like slow traditional dances like waltzes or tango, but enjoyed high energy, fast dancing styles! He even called one of his abstract paintings Broadway Boogie Woogie, after a popular dance of the time. When Mondrian made his paintings, he would always mix his own colours, never using the paint directly out of a tube. He often used the primary colours – red yellow and blue.

Picture 1 Broadway Boogie Woogie
Picture 2


Matisse was a French artist, known for both his use of colour and his original designs. He was a draughtsman, printmaker, and sculptor, but is known primarily as a painter. Have a look at his artwork below, one of which is called The Snail. Does it look like a snail's spiralling shell to you? (There is also a secret tiny snail hidden in the picture – can you see it? If you look very, very closely you might just spot a tiny snail shape on top of the purple square). The Snail shows Matisse’s interest in bright colour. He has arranged complementary colours alongside each other to create a vibrant effect. For example the green touches the red, and the blue is next to the orange. This makes the picture extra zingy and really attracts your eye's attention!

Picture 1 The Snail
Picture 2