Henri Matisse is one of the 20th century’s most important artists. Although his art is intelligent and innovative, it portrays a world that is full of sunshine and kindness, dancing and music. People are comfortable with themselves and each other. His work is playful, colorful and quietly emotional.
Today, I visited the Boston Museum of Fine Arts to see an exhibit called “Matisse in the Studio.” The installation explores how Matisse was influenced by the artwork he collected on his travels, like African masks and Middle Eastern textiles and Asian sculptures. The exhibit is personal and intimate. I left feeling an affection for Matisse, wishing I could join him in his studio for tea or invite him to ride horses in Mongolia.
The exhibit showed Matisse’s work next to the related artwork he collected and which adorned his studio. Here are a few examples.
Don’t you just love this?
The exhibit is at the Boston MFA until July 9 and then (Marilyn!) it moves to the Royal Academy of Arts in London on August 5.
“There are always flowers for those who want to see them.”
— Henri Matisse