Henri Matisse (1869-1954) was one of the most acclaimed artists working in France during the first half of the 20th century. The critic Clement Greenberg, writing in The Nation in 1949, called him a “self-assured master who can no more help painting well than breathing.” Unbeknownst to many, painting had rarely come easily to Matisse. Throughout his career, he questioned, repainted, and reevaluated his work.
He used his completed canvases as tools, repeating compositions in order to compare effects, gauge his progress, and, as he put it, “push further and deeper into true painting.” While this manner of working with pairs, trios, and series is certainly not unique to Matisse, his need to progress methodically from one painting to the next is striking. Matisse: In Search of True Painting will present this particular aspect of Matisse’s painting process by showcasing 49 vibrantly colored canvases. For Matisse, the process of creation was not simply a means to an end but a dimension of his art that was as important as the finished canvas.
Farrow & Ball asked we at Green Painting to attend the Opening of this event which was of course invite only. It was a joy to the walk the galleries of The Met free of the tourist and patrons that generally fill the massive landmark. Farrow & Ball was responsible for refinishing the gallery walls of the brand spanking new exhibition space on the first floor ,Lila Acheson Wallace Wing.
We really enjoyed the guided tour and the chance to view Matisse’s work up close and personal. His interior perspectives have such character and amazing use of color. Its easy to see why he is considered on of the great masters.
The best thing about The Met is the way they make the exhibitions available to those who my not make it to the NYC landmark to have a closer look in person checkout the guided tours that rival the real thing.
Be sure to visit The Met website regarding details on this wonderful exhibition on view December 4- March 17, 2013