Thursday, September 25, 2014

EXHIBITION: Matisse drawings at Mt. Holyoke Art Museum

Nude at a Window

Forty-five rarely seen and "ravishing" drawings by Matisse are currently on display (through Dec. 14) at the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum in picturesque South Hadley, Massachusetts. Drawn from the collection of the Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, the show is made up mainly of works from the mid-1920s to the end of the artist's life in 1954. The drawings were chosen and installed by one of the world’s greatest living artists, Ellsworth Kelly.

"You look at them, you register their legendary ease and simplicity, and it’s very easy indeed to take them for granted — to assume that in some strange way they were born and not made ... Matisse’s drawings are just like air. They expand and contract. They have areas of high and low pressure. The heat they give off shifts from zone to zone. And they have a quality that is at once manifold and indivisible." (Boston Globe)

Woman in a Chair

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