The San Antonio Museum of Art is presenting Matisse: Life in Color, Masterworks from The Baltimore Museum of Art through September 7, 2014. This exhibition features eighty paintings, sculptures, and works on paper spanning six decades of Henri Matisse’s prolific career. Drawn from The Baltimore Museum of Art’s permanent collection, perhaps the finest collection of Matisse’s work in the world, Matisse: Life in Color offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for San Antonio, and indeed, all of Texas and our region, to share in the beauty and importance of such a magnificent body of work.
“The exhibition will enrich our community and increase the national and international stature of the San Antonio Museum of Art as well as the city of San Antonio as an important cultural destination,” said Katherine C. Luber, The Kelso Director of the San Antonio Museum of Art.
As one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century, Henri Matisse (French, 1869-1954) fundamentally altered the course of modern art with his stylistic innovations. Across a succession of stylistic periods, Matisse aimed to discover the “essential character of things” through art that expressed balance and serenity. He experimented throughout his career with abandoning conventional perspective and form in favor of dramatically simplified areas of pure color, flat shapes and decorative patterns.
Upcoming Programs Include
ArtBites Presents: Dining with Matisse, a tour of the exhibition and cooking class, Wednesday, July 23, 4:30-8:00 p.m., or Thursday, July 24, 4:30-8:00 p.m., or Sunday, July 27, 4:00-7:30 p.m.
Make Your Own Matisse: Artmaking, music, cash bar, July 22, 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Family Flicks: Hugo Saturday, July 12, outdoors at sundown.
Timed Ticket reservations: www.samuseum.org/Matisse/tickets. Free to members.