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Becoming Matisse: the beginnings of a genius

From November 9th, 2019 to February 9th, 2020, the Nord department in Northern France celebrates one of its most illustrious sons: Henri Matisse, born in Le Cateau-Cambrésis in 1869.

 

In honor of his 150th birthday, the museum founded by the painter in his own hometown in 1952 is unveiling 250 pieces by the master – 10 of which are being displayed in public for the first time – and 50 paintings by Rembrandt, Delacroix and Cézanne who inspired his work. The goal: understand the mystery of the artist's beginnings Twenty years of formation during the course of which Henri became Matisse.

Thanks to the involvement and artwork on loan from the Matisse family and the Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, the exhibition is organized into two parts: "Matisse the student" and "Matisse the teacher". The first part recounts the Northern rise of a boy from a weaving family, influenced early on by the fabrics and shapes of his environment; and later reveals the stomping grounds of a young painter's life, attending the Louvre as well as several other Parisian academies before finding his own way. An aesthetic journey equally accented by his actual travels such as a visit to Belle-Ile with the Australian painter John Russel, who would see him open his eyes to color.

Offering certain views into the artist's studios - to explore among other things the subjects populating his work - the exhibition also plunges us right inside the walls of the Academy founded by Matisse in Paris in 1908. The chance to discover the work of his students, often marked by the influence of a man who had always changed the lives of others by reinventing his own world.

« Becoming Matisse », November 9th, 2019 to February 9th, 2020
Matisse Museum (Musée Matisse)
Place du Commandant Richez 59360 Le Cateau-Cambrésis
Open from Monday to Sunday, 10 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. *(Closed on Tuesdays)
all (00 33) (0)3 59 73 38 00 for more information