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Matisse's Red Studio at the Fondation Louis Vuitton

Published on , by Virginie Chuimer-Layen

This compact exhibition at the Fondation Louis Vuitton reveals secrets concerning the creation and vicissitudes of a work with iconic status, in the artist's corpus and the history of modern art alike.

Henri Matisse (1869-1954), Large Red Interior, 1948, oil on canvas, 146 x 97 cm/57.5... Matisse's Red Studio at the Fondation Louis Vuitton

Henri Matisse (1869-1954), Large Red Interior, 1948, oil on canvas, 146 x 97 cm/57.5 x 38.2 in, Musée National d'Art Moderne-Centre Georges Pompidou.
© Henri Matisse Estate 2024 - Photo: © Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais/Audrey Laurans 

In 1911, Henri Matisse covered a painting of his Issy-les-Moulineaux studio with a magnificent Venetian red, leaving only the objects depicted on the canvas visible. Although aware that he had created a "different kind of work", the champion of the Fauve movement had no inkling that it would be so misunderstood. Devised in collaboration with New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and Copenhagen’s Statens Museum for Kunst (SMK)—where curators Ann Temkin and Dorthe Aagesen had already presented the event in 2022 and 2023—, the exhibition "Matisse: The Red Studio"…
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