A COLORFUL LIFE

Matisse Exhibit at San Antonio Museum of Arts A Must-See For Aficionados

By Meredith Heins
Photography courtesy of San Antonio Museum of Art
[IN MOUSE TYPE BELOW:] © 2014 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York 

Your summer to-do list just became much more colorful. Thanks to one of our favorite cultural institutions, the San Antonio Museum of Art, a breathtaking exhibition of masterworks from the Baltimore Museum will exhibit through September. Matisse: Life in Color features almost 50 paintings and sculptures and 30 works on paper spanning six decades of artist Henri Matisse’s life. Texas is proud to present perhaps the finest collection of Matisse’s work as it offers a once in a lifetime opportunity for San Antonio to share such beauty.

One of the 20th century’s favorite artists, Henri Matisse, fundamentally altered modern art with discovering the “essential character of things” through balance and serenity. Not only pleasing to the eye, but his art changed the conventional perspective and form into simplified areas of pure color, flat shapes, and decorative patterns. While the majority of the artwork in Matisse: Life in Color comes from the renowned Cone Collection, formed by Baltimore sisters Dr. Claribel Cone and Miss Etta Cone, we have the treat of having it in the heart of Texas. The sisters assembled one of the largest private collections of the work of Matisse in the world and is a must-see for art aficionados.

Among the exhibition highlights of Matisse: Life in Color, Masterworks from the Baltimore Museum of Art include Large Reclining Nude (1935), The Yellow Dress (1929-1931), Seated Odalisque, Left Knee Bent, Ornamental Background and Checkerboard, (1928), and The Serpentine (original model 1909; this cast c. 1930).

The San Antonio Art Museum is housed in the historic Lone Star Brewery on the Museum Reach of the San Antonio Riverwalk. The collection contains more than 25,000 works representing 5,000 years of history and cultures from around the world. Our suggestion: put color on your summer bucket list.

For more information, visit Samuseum.org.

Cutlines to be used in their entirety – beyond the title can be in mouse type:

Henri Matisse

French, 1869-1954

The Yellow Dress, 1929-1931

Oil on canvas; h. 39 9/16 in. (100.5 cm), w. 32 1/8 in. (81.6 cm)

The Baltimore Museum of Art: The Cone Collection, formed by Dr. Claribel Cone and Miss Etta Cone of Baltimore, Maryland, BMA 1950.256

Photography by Mitro Hood
©2014 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Henri Matisse
French, 1869-1954

Ballet Dancer Seated on a Stool, 1927
Oil on canvas; h. 32 1/8 in. (81.6 cm), w. 23 7/8 in. (60.6 cm)
The Baltimore Museum of Art: The Cone Collection, formed by Dr. Claribel Cone and Miss Etta Cone of Baltimore, Maryland, BMA 1950.254
Photography by Mitro Hood
©2014 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

 

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