Becoming Matisse

Special exhibit at Matisse Museum

Du Samedi 09 nov 2019 au Dimanche 09 fév

Matisse has always considered himself as a man from the North. How comes that, born in a region known for its grey environment, Matisse became one of the painters of colors? The answer can be found in his origins, his family craftsmanship background.


On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of his birth, the exceptional exhibition "Becoming Matisse, what the masters have of the best" explores the paths followed by the young man, the influences of the places where he was born and where he grew up, his apprenticeship and his trips back to home, and his very first works.


One of the goals of this exhibition: to reveal how Matisse became a master, his itinerary from 1888, when he started to paint, his first works at Saint Quentin in 1890, until 1911 when he closes his academy at Paris.


If Matisse (1869-1954) is one of the most famous painters of the twentieth century, few people are aware of his beginnings as a student, his training in Gustave Moreau workshop at Paris and the various places he worked in.


As the exhibition progresses, it also highlights the influence of travel. In Corsica, Brittany and Belle-Ile, Matisse discovered the importance of light and color, which introduced him to Monet's Impressionism.


The works displayed illustrate some great artists' influences as Cezanne, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Goya...


Curator: Patrice Deparpe, Director of Matisse Museum, Le Cateau-Cambrésis


With the precious collaboration of La société des Héritiers Matisse


In partnership with the Maison familiale Matisse, the Louvre, the Pompidou Center, the Orsay Museum, the Tate of London and the museums of Boston, Moscow, Brussels or Stockholm.

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