Henri Matisse: Selections from the Claribel and Etta Cone Collection

  • Jun 25, 2016 – Oct 16, 2016
  • Gallery 6
Henri Matisse, "Petit nu au polochon (Small nude with cushion)", 1918,
cast 1925, bronze, 5 1/2 x 10 3/4 x 4 1/2 in. Bequest of Etta and
Claribel Cone, 1949. © 2016 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights
Society (ARS), New York.

Did you know?

Major patrons of Henri Matisse, Claribel and Etta Cone of Baltimore, Maryland, acquired their first work by the artist in 1906 and continued to buy examples for the next forty years. In fact, supported by profits from the family’s textile business in Greensboro, the Cone sisters formed one of the world’s largest collections of Matisse’s art, numbering more than 500 works and illustrating every phase of the artist’s long career. Upon her death in 1949, Etta bequeathed sixty-nine prints and six bronze sculptures by Matisse to the Weatherspoon’s budding collection. 

Examples of lithographs and bronze sculptures by Matisse, part of the Claribel and Etta Cone bequest to the Weatherspoon Art Museum, will round out this celebration of one of the twentieth century’s best known and admired artists. Matisse felt his artworks should be quick, gestural exercises that captured the form and emotion that the subject evoked in him. He once said, “I have always tried to hide my efforts and wished my works to have the light joyousness of springtime, which never lets anyone suspect the labors it has cost me....” Working in different media often helped him work out compositional and stylistic problems as well as formulate new ideas. This focused exhibition will explore one of Matisse’s enduring themes, the female body.

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