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"Matisse: In Search of True Painting" at the Met

Friday, January 25, 2013

Curator Rebecca Rabinow talks about the exhibition “Matisse: In Search of True Painting,” on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through March 17. Henri Matisse was one of the most acclaimed artists working in France during the first half of the 20th century, but painting had rarely come easily to Matisse. Throughout his career, he questioned, repainted, and reevaluated his work. This show demonstrates his need to progress methodically from one painting to the next.

Henri Matisse (French, 1869–1954). Still Life with Compote and Fruit. 1899. Oil on canvas, 18 1/8 x 21 7/8 in. (46 x 55.6 cm).

Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis,
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Sydney M. Shoenberg, Jr., 1962
© 2012 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

From “Matisse: In Search of True Painting,” on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through March 17, 2013.

Henri Matisse (French, 1869–1954). Still Life with Compote, Apples, and Oranges. 1899. Oil on canvas, 18 1/4 x 21 7/8 in. (46.4 x 55.6 cm)

The Baltimore Museum of Art, The Cone Collection, formed by Dr. Claribel Cone and Miss Etta Cone of Baltimore, Maryland
© 2012 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

From “Matisse: In Search of True Painting,” on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through March 17, 2013.

Henri Matisse (French, 1869–1954). Young Sailor I. 1906. Oil on canvas, 39 1/4 x 32 in. (99.7 x 81.3 cm)

Collection of Sheldon H. Solow
© 2012 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

From “Matisse: In Search of True Painting,” on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through March 17, 2013.

Henri Matisse (French, 1869–1954). Young Sailor II. 1906. Oil on canvas, 39 7/8 x 32 5/8 in. (101.3 x 82.9 cm)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York,
Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection (1999.363.41)
© 2012 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

From “Matisse: In Search of True Painting,” on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through March 17, 2013.

Henri Matisse (French, 1869–1954.) Nasturtiums with the Painting "Dance" I. 1912. Oil on canvas, 75-1/2 x 45-3/8 in. (191.8 x 115.3 cm)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York,
Bequest of Scofield Thayer, 1982 (1984.433.16)
© 2012 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

From “Matisse: In Search of True Painting,” on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through March 17, 2013.

Henri Matisse (French, 1869–1954). Interior with Goldfish. 1914. Oil on canvas, 57 7/8 x 38 3/16 in. (147 x 97 cm)

Centre Pompidou, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris, Bequest of
Baronne Eva Gourgaud, 1965
© 2012 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

From “Matisse: In Search of True Painting,” on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through March 17, 2013.

Henri Matisse (French, 1869–1954). Goldfish and Palette. 1914. Oil on canvas, 57 3/4 x 44 1/4 in. (146.5 x 112.4 cm)

The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Gift and bequest of Florene M.
Schoenborn and Samuel A. Marx, 1964
© 2012 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

From “Matisse: In Search of True Painting,” on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through March 17, 2013.

Henri Matisse (French, 1869–1954). Laurette in a Green Robe, Black Background. 1916. Oil on canvas, 28 3/4 x 21 3/8 inches (73 x 54.3 cm)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York,
Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection, 1998 (1999.363.43)
© 2012 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

From “Matisse: In Search of True Painting,” on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through March 17, 2013.

Henri Matisse (French, 1869–1954). Laurette Seated on a Pink Armchair. 1916-17. Oil on canvas, 39 3/8 x 28 3/4 in. (100 x 73 cm)

Private collection
© 2012 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

From “Matisse: In Search of True Painting,” on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through March 17, 2013.

Henri Matisse (French, 1869–1954). Meditation (Portrait of Laurette). 1916-17. Oil on canvas, 19 1/2 x 13 1/2 in. (49.5 x 34.3 cm)

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Gift of Miss Ima Hogg
© 2012 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

From “Matisse: In Search of True Painting,” on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through March 17, 2013.

Henri Matisse (French, 1869–1954). The Large Blue Dress. 1937. Oil on canvas, 36 1/2 x 29 in. (92.7 x 73.7 cm)

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Gift of Mrs. John Wintersteen, 1956
© 2012 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

From “Matisse: In Search of True Painting,” on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through March 17, 2013.

Matossian. Photograph documenting Henri Matisse's process of painting "The Large Blue Dress," 1937 February 26, 1937. Photographs, 5 3/4 x 4 1/2 in. (14.6 x 11.4 cm)

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Henry McIlhenny Papers
© 2012 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

From “Matisse: In Search of True Painting,” on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through March 17, 2013.

Henri Matisse (French, 1869–1954). Interior in Yellow and Blue. 1946. Oil on canvas, 45 11/16 x 31 7/8 in. (116 x 81 cm)

Centre Pompidou, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris, State purchase,
1947
© 2012 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

From “Matisse: In Search of True Painting,” on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through March 17, 2013.

Henri Matisse (French, 1869–1954). Interior in Venetian Red. 1946. Oil on canvas, 36 1/4 x 25 9/16 in. (92 x 65 cm)

Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels
© 2012 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

From “Matisse: In Search of True Painting,” on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through March 17, 2013.

Henri Matisse (French, 1869–1954). Interior with an Egyptian Curtain. 1948. Oil on canvas, 45 3/4 x 35 1/8 in. (116.2 x 89.2 cm)

The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.
© 2012 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

From “Matisse: In Search of True Painting,” on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through March 17, 2013.

Guests:

Rebecca Rabinow

Comments [2]

A question for Ms. Rabinow regarding the Barnes Foundation. Matisse was a great fan of Dr. Barnes original location and hang for his collection which has recently been moved (against the Doctor's will and deed of trust that set up the foundation) from Lower Merion PA to the 'Museum Mile' in Philadelphia. The architecture and design of the new museum maintains much of the 'look and feel' of the original building but the setting, of course, cannot be recreated.

Most Americans do not know that this collection of art represents the largest privately held foundation in America - at approx. $40B it is four times larger then the Rockefeller foundation - and Lincoln University had to be pushed out their majority position on the board of directors in order for the collection to be handled and moved as it has been.

Overall, I am filled with tremendous, tremendous ambivalence. I am disgusted at the Pennsylvania government - mostly then Gov. Ed Rendell - for mistreating Lincoln and robbing them of their rightful role as directors for the foundation and I am very made at 'Big Charity' for their role in first ousting Lincoln, neglecting the building and grounds of the Lower Merion location and using that neglectful condition be an excuse for doing such damage to Dr. Barnes original intent.

Is there something I am missing that could help me to be less distrustful of the government and the state of American art curatorship?

Jan. 27 2013 12:47 PM
Barlow from astoria

This afternoon You guys are really helping an artist - depending on art to pay the bills --who right now is struggling with a repeated series of the same composition -- QUES: The first principle of Chinese painting is the "Ch'i' or life force in the stroke, sounds like Matisse also honored this idea. How much was his effort striving for freshness in color and paint stroke? The paintings look anything but overworked.

Jan. 25 2013 01:20 PM

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