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Matisse at MoMA

Thursday, July 22, 2010

John Elderfield, chief curator emeritus of painting an sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, and Stephanie D’Alessandro, Gary C. and Frances Comer Curator of Modern Art at the Art Institute of Chicago, discuss the exhibition “Matisse: Radical Invention, 1913-1917.” Between Henri Matisse's return from Morocco in 1913 and his departure for Nice in 1917, he produced some of the most demanding, experimental, and enigmatic works of his career. “Matisse: Radical Invention, 1913-1917” is on view at MoMA July 18-October 11.

Bathers with a Turtle, Henri Matisse
© 2010 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / MoMA

Henri Matisse (French, 1869–1954). Bathers with a Turtle, 1907–08. Oil on canvas, 179.1 x 220.3 cm (70 1/2 x 87 3/4 in.) Saint Louis Art Museum, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Pulitzer Jr., 24:1964.

© 2010 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. / MoMA

Henri Matisse (French, 1869–1954). Blue Nude (Memory of Biskra), 1907. Oil on canvas. 92.1 x 140.4 cm (36 1/4 x 55 1/4 in.) The Baltimore Museum of Art, The Cone Collection.

© 2010 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. / MoMA

Henri Matisse (French, 1869-1954) Still Life after Jan Davidsz. de Heem's "La Desserte." Issy-les-Moulineaux, summer-fall 1915 Oil on canvas. 71 1/4" x 7' 3" (180.9 x 220.8 cm) The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift and bequest of Florene M. Schoenborn and Samuel A. Marx, 1964

© 2010 Succession H. Matisse, Paris / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / MoMA

Henri Matisse (French, 1869-1954) View of Notre Dame. Paris, quai Saint-Michel, spring 1914 Oil on canvas. 58 x 37 1/8" (147.3 x 94.3 cm) The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Acquired through the Lillie P. Bliss Bequest, and the Henry Ittleson, A. Conger Goodyear, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Sinclair Funds, and the Anna Erickson Levene Bequest given in memory of her husband, Dr. Phoebus Aaron Theodor Levene, 1975

© 2010 Succession H. Matisse, Paris / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Henri Matisse (French,1869-1954) Woman on a High Stool. Paris, quai Saint-Michel, early 1914 Oil on canvas, 57 7/8 x 37 5/8" (147 x 95.5 cm) The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift and bequest of Florene M. Schoenborn and Samuel A. Marx, 1964

Worcester Collection, 1953.158. © 2010 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. / MoMA

Henri Matisse (French, 1869–1954) Bathers by a River. 1909–10, 1913, 1916–17 Oil on canvas. 102 1/2 x 154 3/16” (260 x 392 cm) The Art Institute of Chicago, Charles H. and Mary F. S.

© 2010 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. / MoMA

Henri Matisse (French, 1869–1954). Portrait of Yvonne Landsberg, 1914. Oil on canvas, 147.3 x 97.5 cm (58 x 38 3/8 in.) Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Louise and Walter Arensberg Collection, 1950.

© 2010 Succession H. Matisse/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / MoMA

Henri Matisse (French, 1869–1954) The Piano Lesson. 1916 Oil on canvas. 96 ½ x 83 ¾” (245.1 x 212.7 cm) The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Mrs. Simon Guggenheim Fund

© 2010 Succession H. Matisse/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / MoMA

Henri Matisse (French, 1869–1954) The Blue Window. Issy-les-Moulineaux, summer 1913 Oil on canvas. 51 1/2 x 35 5/8" (130.8 x 90.5 cm) The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Fund

© 2010 Succession H. Matisse/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. / MoMA

Henri Matisse (French, 1869–1954) Goldfish and Palette. 1914 Oil on canvas. 57 ¾ x 44 ¼” (146.5 x 112.4 cm) The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift and Bequest of Florene M. Schoenborn and Samuel A. Marx

© 2010 Succession H. Matisse/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. / MoMA

Henri Matisse. The Moroccans. Issy-les-Moulineaux, late 1915 and fall 1916. Oil on canvas. 71 3/8" x 9' 2" (181.3 x 279.4 cm) The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel A. Marx

© 2010 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. / MoMA

Henri Matisse (French, 1869–1954). Shaft of Sunlight, the Woods of Trivaux, 1917. Oil on canvas, 36 x 29 1/8 in (91 x 74 cm). Private collection.

© 2010 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Henri Matisse (French, 1869–1954). Eva Mudocci, 1916. Graphite on three pieces of paper, mounted to canvas, 92.7 x 71.1 cm (36 1/2 x 28 in.) Lent by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Pierre and Maria-Gaetana Matisse Collection.

Guests:

Stephanie D’Alessandro and John Elderfield

Comments [7]

Patricia

Me encanta el ART todo es arte la naturalesa

Jul. 25 2010 08:48 AM
Brunelle from Paris

Hello to Moma and its magnificent exhibitions

i recommand you the work of Charlotte Welfling from Perpignan (France):

http://charlotte.welfling.free.fr/

her art is nearly better than Matisse's!

very best from Paris,

Niko B

Jul. 24 2010 09:06 AM
Bethania from Brazil-Rio de Janeiro from Brazil- rio de Janeiro

I visited the exhibt with my son this month, July/2010.

It was his first time, as a teen, visiting so many museums at one time.

And I can tell that Matisse and Picasso left a tremendous impact on his new interest of art.

I love Matisse from a long time.

Congrats!!!

Jul. 23 2010 09:07 PM
Roald from Juneau

Very much pleased with what your guests are saying - Matisse, turns out, just refuses to "go into production", he's constantly challenging himself, seems to have an almost existential phobia of not repeating himself, not even painting the same way he had an hour before. Finally saw famous "Harmony in Red" (that famous lovely red room painting with the maid setting the table) in the Hermitage last summer, expecting that I would finally be contemplating the perfect poetic mood of that painting that reproductions give you an intimation of. It was all that, tremendously...but it also had radical, inexplicably inventive details you just never guess are there from reproductions - for instance there's a one inch border or band around the painting's edge that continues the room pictured, but it's a negative image of the room! Instead of red, it switches to chartreuse green! Wha...?!

Jul. 22 2010 01:04 PM
Mike from Tribeca

Interesting segment, and looking forward to seeing the show. Not to disparage the master, but several years ago there was a MOMA show in Brooklyn about Matisse and Picasso, in which the former's innovative brilliance was more than evident, but it was Pablo's overwhelming passion that brought me to my knees in awe.

Jul. 22 2010 12:58 PM
Donna from Stony Brook, NY

While visiting the exhibit with my son in June, he pointed out one painting that appeared to be a send up of Picasso's cubism. As if Matisse was saying "Even if it isn't representational, you can still make a woman look like a woman."

Jul. 22 2010 12:57 PM
Louis from Red Bank, NJ

Have the curators compared the left-right imagery of "Bathers by a River" to the to the visual antonym in "Femmes et Singes" (Women and Monkeys, 1952)?

Jul. 22 2010 12:46 PM

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