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Fri 29 April 2022
When Henri Matisse painted “L’atelier rouge” in 1911, he represented 11 of his works on a single canvas. An exhibition in New York is set to show all of the surviving works together for the first time.
In “The Red Studio”, the French artist has reproduced nearly a dozen miniature versions of his paintings and sculptures in order to represent his studio in the Parisian suburbs, without forgetting to play with perspective, color, time and l ‘space.
All the pieces seen in the painting have survived except one which Matisse, considered among the greatest artists of the 20th century, had requested destroyed after his death in 1954 at the age of 84.
The Museum of Modern Art has found the 10 surviving works and will display them alongside “The Red Studio” in an exhibition that opens next week.
“We’ve been on a scavenger hunt to find these things all over the world,” curator Ann Temkin told AFP during a preview.
“Now you can do the scavenger hunt of ‘Oh, this one’s over there and it has eyes in the real painting but no eyes in ‘The Red Studio,'” she added.
“Matisse: The Red Workshop” runs from May 1 to September 10.
It includes six paintings, two sculptures, a terracotta piece and a ceramic dish. They were made between 1898, when Matisse was 28, and 1911.
“Some of the paintings were very recent, which he had just done a month or two before doing ‘The Red Studio,'” Temkin said.
“We had the idea four years ago (of) why not see if we can find the real-life equivalent of each of the images or sculptures that are depicted in this painting in an abbreviated way and have a meeting”, a- she added. .
MoMA already owned two of the works and the main piece. He gleaned three from the National Gallery of Denmark in Copenhagen and others from various museums and private collections.
Paintings include “Le Luxe II” and “Young Sailor II”.
In creating “The Red Studio”, Matisse “really paints a portrait of his own life as an artist”, Temkin said.
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