U.S.A. - Baltimore-Maryland - Matisse as Printmaker

Nadia, smiling face 1948

Henri Matisse may be best known as a painter and sculptor, but the artist had a profound commitment to making prints that continued throughout his career. This comprehensive exhibition of more than 150 prints brings printmaking out from the shadows of the artist’s work as a painter so that we can witness the French master’s process of creation.
Matisse as Printmaker brings together two extraordinary collections of Matisse prints—the BMA's extraordinary collection and the Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation. From the artist’s earliest prints in 1900 to the last in 1951, the exhibition loosely follows the chronology of the artist’s career with examples of every printmaking technique used by Matisse—etchings, monotypes, lithographs, linocuts, aquatints, and color prints— and includes a selection of related paintings, sculpture, and drawings, as well as books such as Poésies de Stéphane Mallarmé and Jazz.
The exhibition culminates with several striking aquatints from 1948, images with velvety black tones that capture the character of Matisse’s portraits in just a few lines. Many of these vivid prints are from a promised gift to the BMA from the Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation and are being shown for the first time.

Baltimore Museum of Art 25.10.2009 - 03.01.2010

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