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

May 8, 2018,

Matisse Drawings: Curated by Ellsworth Kelly from The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation Collection, an exhibition organized by the American Federation of Arts, that presents rarely exhibited works by two titans of 20th-century art—Henri Matisse (b.1869, d.1954), one of Europe’s most beloved Modern painters, and Ellsworth Kelly (b.1923, d.2015), whose deceptively simple use of color and shape made him one of the 20th century’s most significant and enduring abstract American artists. Matisse Drawings will be on view June 9 through September 3, 2018.

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This exhibition of drawings by Henri Matisse showcases the mastery of draftsmanship by two of the most significant artists of the twentieth century: Henri Matisse (1869-1954) and Ellsworth Kelly (1923-2015). Curated by Kelly in 2014, the exhibition speaks to his admiration for Matisse, as well as to the centrality of drawing in both artists’ practices. Accompanying the forty-five rarely exhibited works by Matisse, Kelly selected nine of his own lithographic drawings that derive from his time in France when the American artist studied Matisse’s sketches and studies of nature and human figures. Join LBMA Docents as they explore this artistic dialogue, seeing one artist through the eyes of another.

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

Lead support for the local presentation of this exhibition is provided by the BCM Foundation, Evalyn M. Bauer Foundation, Bess J. Hodges Foundation, Laserfiche and Patrons of the Long Beach Museum of Art.

 

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Henri Matisse, Large Head, 1949
Ink on paper, 24 × 16 inches
Collection of The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation Collection

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