Okay. <Insert brain search here for a reference to sickness and the sea side...nope, none found>
Me: "What do you mean, Buddy?"
Evan: "You know, you go to the sea side like Henri Matisse."
Okay...not helping. Did he say Henri Matisse?
Me: "Did you say Henri Matisse?"
Evan: "Yes. He was a very, very famous artist, but you know that."
Me: "Did he paint the sea side?"
Evan: "Yes, he goed to the sea side."
Evan was done with the conversation at this point, but I was so intrigued by what he told me. I then spent some time reading about Matisse; I couldn't find any reference to the sea side nor does it appear that he painted the sea side (but I could be wrong about this...it was a relatively short search).
So today, I asked more about Matisse...
Me: "Evan, did you learn about Henri Matisse in art class at school?"
Evan: "Yes. He was a very, very famous artist, you know. He died because he's very old."
I actually don't know, that is why I am asking!!
Me: "Did he like the sea side?"
Evan: "Yes. When he felt sick the ocean air helped him to feel better."
Huh. Art history in first grade...I had no idea.
Is Evan correct? Of course, yes - Matisse is a famous artist. But did he go to the ocean? Did he draw or paint the ocean? I haven't yet connected all the dots in this story; did Evan get some messages mixed up. Is he confusing artists? Is the art teacher actually discussing random art facts with first graders? It never ceases to amaze me what random facts can pop out of his mouth; his mind is so active but you might never know. I'll keep on digging to try to figure out what he is talking about, but any help with Matisse facts would be welcome :)
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