Matisse: life & spirit
masterpieces from the Centre Pompidou, Paris
Henri Matisse The sorrow of the king (La tristesse du roi) 1952, Centre Pompidou. Musée national d’art moderne AM3279P. Photo © Philippe Migeat — Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI /Dist RMN GP. © Succession H Matisse/Copyright Agency, 2019; Decorative figure on an ornamental ground (Figure décorative sur fond ornemental) 1925, Centre Pompidou. Musée national d’art moderne AM2149P. Photo © Philippe Migeat — Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI /Dist RMN-GP © Succession H Matisse/Copyright Agency, 2019; Blue nude II (Nu bleu II) 1952, Centre Pompidou. Musée national d’art moderne AM1984-276. Photo © Service de la documentation photographique du MNAM — Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI /Dist RMN-GP. © Succession H Matisse/Copyright Agency, 2019
Discover the joy of Matisse through over 100 works spanning six decades
This Sydney-exclusive exhibition offers an extraordinary immersion in the range and depth of the art of Henri Matisse, one of the world’s most beloved, innovative and influential artists. Developed in collaboration with the Centre Pompidou in Paris, which holds an exceptional collection of works by the artist, Matisse: life & spirit, masterpieces from the Centre Pompidou, Paris is the greatest single exhibition of Matisse masterworks ever to be seen in Sydney.
Reaching from his early adventures in colour as a Fauvist through to the serene and distilled designs for his chapel in Vence, the exhibition follows Matisse’s search across six decades. Through paintings, drawings, sculptures and a compelling presentation of his triumphant cut-outs, it reveals how Matisse renewed his vision time and again across his long career, seeking new ways of celebrating the seen world and expressing the energy he felt in it.
Highlights include the especially important early work Le Luxe I 1907; the mid-career masterpiece Decorative figure on an ornamental ground 1925; and the majestic self-portrait, The sorrow of the king 1952, one of the largest of the famous cut-outs that the artist created in his late career.
Filled with brilliant colour, dynamic energy, visual joy and emotional power, Matisse: life & spirit, masterpieces from the Centre Pompidou, Paris is an inspirational journey through the life and art of this ceaselessly inventive and life-affirming painter.
Nov 2020 – Mar 2021
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