Matisse: Life & Spirit, Masterpieces from the Centre Pompidou, Paris

Monday 06 December 2021 to Sunday 13 March 2022 (DAILY event)

Overview

This Sydney-exclusive exhibition offers an extraordinary immersion in the range and depth of the art of Henri Matisse, one of the world’s most beloved, innovative and influential artists. Developed…

This Sydney-exclusive exhibition offers an extraordinary immersion in the range and depth of the art of Henri Matisse, one of the world’s most beloved, innovative and influential artists. Developed in collaboration with the Centre Pompidou in Paris, which holds an exceptional collection of works by the artist, 'Matisse: Life & Spirit, Masterpieces from the Centre Pompidou, Paris' is the greatest single exhibition of Matisse masterworks ever to be seen in Sydney.

Reaching from his early adventures in colour as a fauvist through to the serene and distilled designs for his chapel in Vence, the exhibition follows Matisse’s life across six decades. Through paintings, drawings, sculptures and a compelling presentation of his triumphant cut-outs, it reveals how Matisse renewed his vision time and again, seeking new ways of celebrating the seen world and expressing the energy he felt in it.

Highlights include the especially important early work 'Le Luxe I' 1907; the mid-career masterpiece 'Decorative figure on an ornamental ground' 1925; and the majestic self-portrait, 'The sorrow of the king' 1952, one of the largest of the famous cut-outs that the artist created in his late career.

Filled with brilliant colour, dynamic energy, visual joy and emotional power, 'Matisse: Life & Spirit' is an inspirational journey through the life and art of this ceaselessly inventive and life-affirming painter.

Tickets on sale 1 November 2021.

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