Exposition – Matisse années 1930 À travers Cahiers d’art


From 23 June to 24 September 2023

This exhibition is co-produced with the Musée de l'Orangerie in Paris and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
In Philadelphia, the exhibition runs from 19 October 2022 to 29 January 2023, and in Paris, from 1 March to 29 May 2023.

In 1930, Matisse left France for a trip to the United States and then Tahiti, thus voluntarily marking a turning point and even a break in his work. The commission from Dr Albert C. Barnes for a large mural decoration for his museum in Merion, inaugurated a renewed reflection on decoration, synthesis and monumentality for the artist. This major achievement was accompanied by new procedures, in particular the use of coloured gouache sheets as well as the use of state photographs which allowed him to develop his composition in the final format. His drawing also became more concise and stylized, while at the same time it became the main medium and manifestation of an improvisational method that the artist developed during this period. Matisse's production during this decade was thus characterised by a new synthetic and decorative radicalism that brought him closer to Picasso and the Surrealists.

Curated by :
Claudine Grammont, Director of the Matisse Museum
Cécile Debray, President of the Musée national Picasso-Paris
Matthew Affron, The Muriel and Philip Berman Curator of Modern Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

  • Musée Matisse
    164 avenue des Arènes de Cimiez
    06000 Nice

  • Adult: from 10 €.

  • 04 93 81 08 08

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