Matisse Drawings: Curated by Ellsworth Kelly from The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation Collection

  • Jun 25, 2016 – Sep 18, 2016
  • The Gregory D. Ivy Gallery
Henri Matisse, "Study of woman (Étude de femme)", n.d., pencil on paper,
9 13/16 x 12 13/16 in. Collection of The Pierre and Tana Matisse
Foundation. 163.201335. © 2016 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights
Society (ARS), New York.

With forty-five drawings from across fifty years of Henri Matisse’s career, Matisse Drawings provides new insight into the French master’s graphic work. Ranging in date from 1900 through 1950, the drawings reveal both Matisse’s process and the range of his creativity as a draughtsman. Many of the drawings—from quick sketches to highly detailed images—have rarely or never-before been exhibited. Curated by contemporary artist Ellsworth Kelly (who selected not only the drawings but also the frame choice and placement of the work), Matisse Drawings is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue that features an interview with Kelly, Kelly’s original installation plan, and a special plates section reproducing all of the works in the exhibition. 

The exhibition is organized by the American Federation of Arts and the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum in collaboration with The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation. The exhibition was made possible by the generous support of the Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Charitable Trust and The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation. Additional support provided by the JFM Foundation, and Mrs. Donald M. Cox.

Matisse Drawings and the adjacent exhibition, Plant Lithographs by Ellsworth Kelly, 1964-1966, are sponsored at the Weatherspoon by a generous gift from Jane R. Kearns. 


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