September 25, 2005 |
MONUMENTAL is the usual term for a biography that is profoundly researched, soberly though strikingly thought out and very long. To use the word for Hilary Spurling's biography of Henri Matisse, occupying two volumes and more than 1,000 pages, would not do it justice. For one thing, it is written with unfailing grace, clarity and darting insight (astonishing for a dart to cover such a distance), its mass of materials all but volatilized.
November 2, 1998 |
In 1905, while living in the Mediterranean fishing village of Collioure on the frontier of Spain and France, Henri Matisse completed a painting titled "Luxe, calme et volupte." Taking his title from the refrain of the Baudelaire poem "Invitation to a Voyage," Matisse was painting on a personal frontier.
March 5, 1987 |
An Henri Matisse painting not seen in public for more than 50 years went on view Wednesday at the National Gallery of Art's exhibition "Henri Matisse: The Early Years in Nice, 1916-1930" in Washington. The painting, "La Toque de Velours Bleu" ("The Blue Velour Hat") features Matisse's daughter Marguerite. It was last seen in Switzerland in 1931 and had been presumed lost until it surfaced recently at the Norton Gallery of Art in West Palm Beach, Fla.
February 28, 2003 |
More than 100 paintings, sculptures, drawings and original prints by prominent 20th century artists, including nearly 50 artworks by Henri Matisse, have been donated to New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art from a foundation named after the artist's younger son, Pierre, and Pierre's wife. The donation from the Pierre and Maria-Gaetana Matisse Foundation is valued at nearly $100 million and includes work by modern artists Balthus, Chagall, Derain, Dubuffet, Giacometti, Miro and Tanguy.
January 3, 2009 |
Thieves stole works by Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and others from a Berlin gallery over the New Year's holiday, police said Friday. More than 30 works, in total worth an estimated $250,000, were stolen, apparently between Wednesday afternoon and lunchtime Thursday, police spokeswoman Claudia Schweiger said. The artwork was taken from the Fasanengalerie, a private gallery near western Berlin's central shopping district. The etchings, prints and sculptures included "Profil au fond noir," a 1947 work by Picasso; "Nude in a rocking chair," a Matisse print from 1913; and "Le Boupeut," a 1962 color print by Georges Braque.
January 11, 1987 |
A painting by Henri Matisse that had not been seen publicly since it was exhibited in Berlin in 1930 has turned up in an art gallery after spending 38 years in the home of a Palm Beach couple. The painting, "Marguerite, la Toque de Velours Bleu," or "Marguerite in the Blue Velvet Hat," is a portrait of Matisse's daughter that was painted in 1915 or 1916.