Matisse at MoMA

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.

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 / 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 / MoMA )

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

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

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.

( Worcester Collection, 1953.158. © 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. / MoMA )

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.

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