Drawn from the extraordinary collection of The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation in New York, this exhibition examines Henri Matisse’s remarkable yet understudied ventures in printmaking.
Drawn from the extraordinary collection of prints that once belonged to Henri Matisse’s son Pierre and is now part of The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation in New York, this exhibition reveals the artist’s exceptional and prolific work as a printmaker. Matisse as Printmaker brings together examples of every type of printmaking employed by the artist, including etchings, monotypes, aquatints, lithographs, and linocuts in black and white, as well as two color prints. The exhibition underscores the importance of Matisse’s work in series, as well as such recurring motifs as the standing, seated, and reclining nude, bringing this understudied and unfamiliar material to a wider audience.
Jay McKean Fisher is the Director at the Center for Matisse Studies. Among his recent exhibitions are Matisse: Painter as Sculptor (2007–08) and Matisse: Jazz (2006). He is the author of numerous publications, including Matisse: Painter as Sculptor (2007) and The Essence of Line: French Drawings from Ingres to Degas (2005), as well as earlier catalogues on the prints of Théodore Chassériau, Edouard Manet, and Félix Buhot.
The exhibition is organized by the American Federation of Arts and The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation.