Matisse. Cahiers d’art, the pivotal 1930’s

Mar 1, 2023 - May 29, 2023

In 1930, Matisse left France for a trip to Tahiti, taking a deliberate break in his creative process and initiating a shift in his work. The exhibition “Matisse. Cahiers d’art, the pivotal 1930’s” looks back at this decisive decade. It is through the prism of Cahiers d’art, a major avant-garde magazine created by Christian Zervos in 1926, that the exhibition examines the painter’s work. As the voice of international modernism and the aesthetic currents of his time, the magazine reports on the artist’s production throughout the interwar period. Many exceptional works, very rarely exhibited in France, are brought together for this exhibition, including Le Grand nu couché from the Baltimore Museum of Art, Le Chant from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the 1938 series of Romanian Blouses held in various American museums.


Cécile Debray, President of the Musée national Picasso – Paris
Assisted by Alice Marsal, curator at the Musée de l’Orangerie, for the documentary research.

This exhibition is organized with the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Musée Matisse à Nice.

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