Henri Matisse: In Two and Three Dimensions

  • Jul 2, 2011 – Oct 2, 2011
  • Gallery 6
Henri Matisse, "Petite Aurore (Little Aurore)", 1923, lithograph on
paper, 5 7/16 x 8 in. Gift of Etta and Claribel Cone, 1950.

Did you know?

In addition to over 500 paintings and works on paper, Etta Cone purchased 24 sculptures by Henri Matisse. In fact, in six instances she bought two examples of a particular sculpture; the six sculptures in this exhibition correspond to those duplications.

An artist whose radical style left a lasting mark on modern art, Henri Matisse (French, 1869-1954) was attracted to the female human body and used it as one of the primary themes in his work. In paintings, works on paper, and sculptures, the artist created figures that are emotionally powerful without necessarily being anatomically detailed or accurate. This exhibition presents side-by-side displays of two- and three-dimensional work by Matisse to showcase how the artist linked themes, imagery, and processes over the course of his career. The combined works reveal complex interactions between illusion, anatomical reference, and formal inventiveness—the primary hallmarks of Matisse’s distinct style.

We have six galleries located on the first and second levels of the museum, view our gallery map.