Matisse Bernard Jacobson Gallery

An exhibition of more than a dozen original works by Henri Matisse, one of the greatest masters of the 20th Century, to include paintings, works on paper and sculptures, as well as a selection of prints. The exhibition is timed to coincide with the forthcoming Royal Academy exhibition, ‘Matisse in the studio’ which will open this August.

One of the most significant paintings on display will be L’artiste et le modèle nu (1921), a work which has been featured in numerous monographs and exhibitions of the artist’s work, including The National Gallery of Art, Washington, The Guggenheim, New York, MoMA NY and most recently, The Matisse Museum in Nice (2015).

L’artiste et le modèle nu captures the relaxed intimacy of the working relationship between Matisse and one of his most important models; Antoinette Arnoud, with Matisse depicted in his pajamas at work in the fore-front of the painting.

The seductive painting Nu aux jambes croisées (1936) depicts another favourite muse, his studio assistant, Lydia Delektorskaya – a major presence in the life of Matisse for more than 2 decades, beginning with this crucial period of innovation during the mid-1930s.

Two exceptional works in bronze give witness to the remarkable range of Matisse as an artist and include, Tête de Marguerite (1915 – cast 1954); an enigmatic portrait bust of the artist’s daughter, Marguerite Matisse and Nu Accroupi (1916 – cast 1949) which captures with startling economy the crouching nude form of an un-named sitter.

The stunning, economically drawn, aquatint Patitcha from 1947 exhibits the paring down to essentials of Matisse’s later works. This surety and simplicity of line would prove highly influential to many later artists.

Duration 02 June 2017 - 16 September 2017
Times Monday to Friday 10am to 6pm Saturday 11am to 2pm (except Bank Holiday Weekends and in August)
Cost Free
Venue Bernard Jacobson Gallery
Address 28 Duke Street St. James's, London, SW1Y 6AG
Contact 0207 734 3431 / /