Sarah Stein (left), one of a family of influential art collectors that included her husband, Michael, and his brother and sister Leo and Gertrude Stein, achieved an intimate connection with Henri Matisse. Acting as an early patron, enduring admirer, and close friend to the artist, Matisse purportedly said of Sarah, “She knows my paintings better than I do.”
Matisse arduously worked on this depiction of his friend, before arriving at a painting that some believe reveals Sarah’s true likeness. Sarah, on the other hand, thought she looked “too French.”
Matisse from SFMOMA is now on view.
Learn more about Matisse’s friendship with Sarah Stein by watching this terrific video:
Posted on Monday, December 9th 2013
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This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features Serge Guilbaut, the editor of the recently published "Chatting with Henri Matisse: The Lost 1941 Interview." This week’s show was taped live at Getty Center.
"Chatting with Matisse," which was published by Getty Publications, is a fascinating book: In 1941 art historian Pierre Courthion conducted an extensive interview with Matisse that was seen at the time as a vital assessment of his career. But just weeks before the book was to come out, Matisse suppressed its publication. Scholars have known about the interview for some time, but it’s never been published, or even widely available, until now. This beautiful new publication includes essays by Guilbaut, Yve-Alain Bois and Laurence Bertrand Dorleac. Chris Miller translated the interview.
Guilbaut is professor emeritus at The University of British Columbia. His previous projects include the book “How New York Stole the Idea of Modern Art: Abstract Expressionism, Freedom, and the Cold War.”
Near the end of this week’s program, Guilbaut and host Tyler Green talked about the design of the cover for the new Getty Publications book and how closely it hews to Matisse’s own design for the cover of the book he initially hoped would be published in the early 1940s. This image is a letter Matisse wrote that shows his suggested design.
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Perfect listening material before (or after) paying a visit to Matisse from SFMOMA at the Legion of Honor!
Posted on Tuesday, November 26th 2013
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Ever wonder how museums take care of their masterpieces? Check out our behind-the-scenes gallery, Conserving Matisse at SFMOMA→
Posted on Monday, November 25th 2013
FROM THE SFMOMA PRESS ROOM:
We are thrilled to announce Matisse from SFMOMA, a jointly organized exhibition by SFMOMA and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco which will bring together the work of Henri Matisse from both institutions’ collections. Opening on November 9 at the Legion of Honor, the exhibition will run for nearly a year.
In addition, Alexander Calder’s Big Crinkly, a lively kinetic sculpture from SFMOMA’s collection, is also on view at the de Young!
For more information, read the full press release.
Photo: Winni Wintermeyer
Posted on Thursday, October 10th 2013
Spotted in Nylon Mag: art-inspired manicures by artist Jin Soon Choi!
Posted on Thursday, April 25th 2013
A love letter to Matisse’s La Conversation (The Conversation)
Hafiz says “Art is a conversation between lovers”
You are definitely talking to me. When I see you, there is a little gasp inside me and sometimes when I turn a corner you stop my in my track, and I gasp out loud.
I love you.
Posted on Saturday, February 9th 2013
Happy birthday to Henri Matisse, born 143 years ago today!
You’ve likely seen many paintings by Matisse, but have you ever looked closely at his drawings? For Henri Matisse, drawing was an intimate medium, a means of capturing the fleeting gestures and emotions of both subject and artist. He made drawings to work out problems of structure and composition for subsequent works. Matisse viewed printmaking as an extension of drawing, and would turn to printmaking after extended periods of painting, as if to digest his experience through the use of a new medium. Between the years of 1900 and 1954, Matisse created more than 800 prints!
Image: Henri Matisse, Fée au chapeau de clarté, Souvenir du Mallarmé (Fairy in a Luminous Hat, Souvenir of Mallarmé), as viewed through Artscope.
Posted on Monday, December 31st 2012
Femme au chapeau (or, Woman with a Hat) by Henri Matisse, 1905.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
One of my favorite paintings I saw today. I really like, and am fascinated with, Matisse’s use of vivid colors and his eclectic color palette. The subject of Femme au chapeau is his wife, Amélie.
Learn a whole bunch about Matisse’s Femme au chapeau in this interactive feature!
Posted on Monday, September 17th 2012
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Henri Matisse - Laurette in a pink chair; 1917.
Creating a color palette from a painting seems like a pretty fabulous idea! If you could instantly redecorate one room in your home using the color palette of a famous work of art, what room/artwork would you choose?
You can use this handy color palette generator to experiment with different works of art.
(Feel free to go all out and show us what you’d do using our submit page!)
Posted on Monday, September 17th 2012
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Home at last! After traveling with The Steins Collect to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Grand Palais in Paris, our beloved Woman with a Hat and The Girl with Green Eyes are going back on view today! Welcome home, ladies :)
Posted on Tuesday, July 3rd 2012
Woman with a Hat by Henri Matisse. Marsden Hartley was a painter who did not stick to any one particular style. That sounds great in theory but when you try to figure out how to artistically classify him, it gets really messy and complicated. One artist that I can say definitely inspired this American artist was Henri Matisse. This work shows a bleeding and layering of colors that gradually becomes more apparent in Hartley’s later pieces.
Posted on Saturday, May 5th 2012
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