Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Matisse: Radical Invention 1913-1917

I had the pleasure of attending the preview for Matisse: Radical Invention, 1913-1917 exhibition yesterday at the Museum of Modern Art and was blown away. The exhibition is the same one that was on view at The Art Institute of Chicago this year and is the result of a five year collaboration between the two museums. This period at the beginning of Henri Matisse's career is thought to be one of the most significant chapters in his evolution as an artist. You can see how he was influenced by Paul Cezanne and later the cubist painters including Picasso. My favorite works are those he painted during his travels to Morocco including Zorah in Yellow from 1912. The colors of teal green, blue and orange were especially inspiring. The absolute highlight of the preview was that Matisse's grandson, Paul Matisse, was on hand for the opening and made a few remarks! Can you imagine being related to Henri Matisse?! The exhibition opens July 18 and runs through October 11, 2010. Timed tickets are required so sign up soon! I can already tell this is going to be a very popular exhibition!

12 comments:

a lovely being said...

I would have loved to hear Paul talk! How incredible. I'm glad you enjoyed :)
xx fallon

kthappy76 said...

Loved the show in Chicago!

susan's buzz said...

Lucky you! Love Matisse :D

Karena said...

Very exciting, I would have loved to hear Paul Cezanne and of course see the exhibit!

Karena
Art by Karena

Heidiopia said...

Adore Matisse! Wrote many a paper on him back in my Art History days :)... this exhibit will be a winner, no doubt.

Lissa @ After Adornment said...

So cool!
I read about this in the NYT and even posted about it earlier this week. This seems like it would be so interesting too see. Viewing his process and all the changes he made along the way would be so interesting! Must have been awesome to see and to also hear his grandson speak about it all.

CB said...

We went last night and it was interesting, but I am partial to the Met's show of his paintings involving textiles a few tears back. Still, it was interesting to see all experimentation...and your fave is stunning. Yay!

CB said...

Oppsy...I meant "years" not "tears". Comments sans coffee is a bad idea.

jones said...

I think New York is calling. Thanks, Mary

GvN said...

Amazing!

GvN

www.gvn-styleblog.blogspot.com

a dog called rufus. said...

Saw this show in Chicago... it lives up to the hype! Wish I could see it again in NYC.

Thomas Folke Andersen said...

I really like Matisse's work although only just getting to know it better. Have a couple of book about him on my Amazon wish list.

Must have been great to go to this exhibition. Thanks for sharing your thoughts in this post.

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