Henri Matisse in the Studio, at Royal Academy of Arts.

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Matisse in the Studio, at the Royal Academy of Arts, in London, UK

Matisse in the Studio, at the Royal Academy of Arts, in London, UK

Matisse in the Studio, at the Royal Academy of Arts, in London, UK from next August 5th to November 12th, 2017.

The studio of Henri Matisse, is brimming with the artist’s treasured objects. Focusing exclusively on their important role in his work for the first time, we will reveal how this eclectic collection took on new life in his transcendent art.

Matisse drew his collection from the far corners of the world: Buddhist statuary from Thailand, Bamana figures from Mali, furniture and textiles from North Africa. Rarely of material value, these objects were nonetheless precious. Offering points of departure to which he could return again and again, they appear in his work in different guises and across spans of decades, reinvented afresh in each new setting.

Matisse’s objects formed his repertoire, but they also provided him with influences from beyond the limits of Western art. African sculpture and masks were a revelation, suggesting more expressive models for depicting the human figure and face. Later, Matisse adorned his Nice studio with props from the Islamic world to create the sensuous sets for his ‘odalisques’, in which a harmonious synergy emerges between figure and object. And as his oeuvre reached its joyous apex in his cut-out period, he looked to the concise precision of Chinese calligraphy and African textiles as he sought to invent his own simplified language of signs.

 

Florilège des amours de Ronsard , Paris, Albert Skira, 1948 (D. books 25)

Florilège des amours de Ronsard , Paris, Albert Skira, 1948 (D. books 25)

This sumptuous exhibition offers a rare glimpse into the artist’s personal collection, as well as the paintings, sculptures and drawings it inspired. Seen together, they reveal how Matisse’s masterful vision of rich and masterful energy first stemmed from the collage of patterns and rhythms which he found in the world of objects.

French artist Henri Matisse was a painter, sculptor, printer, and draftsman celebrated for his expressive use of color. The latter won him recognition as one of the preeminent masters of modern art and is world known for his iconic Fauvist style. He is credited with making significant advancements with regards to both painting and sculpture, with an oeuvre that spans over half a century. His work is recognized for his counter-intuitive use of color as well as elongated and stylized representations of his subjects. Many works by the artist have been sold at auction, including ‘Nu de dos, 4 état (Back IV)’ sold at Christie’s New York ‘Impressionist/Modern Evening Sale ‘ in 2010 for $48,802,500. There have been numerous articles about Henri Matisse, including ‘They Met Over Coffee and Jackson Pollock’ written by Warren Strugatch for New York Times Magazine in 2017.

Information and Images are shared from Royal Academy of Arts, at London UK.



 

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