Matisse: Radical Invention 1913-1917

Shedding new light on the artist's darker works
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Alvin Langdon Coburn, Henri Matisse painting Bathers by a River (May 13 1913)

1 / 17 Alvin Langdon Coburn, Henri Matisse painting Bathers by a River (May 13 1913)

Alvin Langdon Coburn, Henri Matisse working from Back (II) to Back (III) (May 13 1913)

2 / 17 Alvin Langdon Coburn, Henri Matisse working from Back (II) to Back (III) (May 13 1913)

Henri Matisse, Le luxe (II) (1907)

3 / 17 Henri Matisse, Le luxe (II) (1907)

Henri Matisse, Blue Nude (Memory of Biskra) (1907)

4 / 17 Henri Matisse, Blue Nude (Memory of Biskra) (1907)

Henri Matisse, Bathers with a Turtle (1907–08)

5 / 17 Henri Matisse, Bathers with a Turtle (1907–08)

Henri Matisse, Bathers by a River (1909–10, 1913, 1916–17)

6 / 17 Henri Matisse, Bathers by a River (1909–10, 1913, 1916–17)

Henri Matisse, Flowers and Ceramic Plate (1913)

7 / 17 Henri Matisse, Flowers and Ceramic Plate (1913)

Henri Matisse, Interior with Goldfish (1914)

8 / 17 Henri Matisse, Interior with Goldfish (1914)

Henri Matisse, Portrait of Yvonne Landsberg (1914)

9 / 17 Henri Matisse, Portrait of Yvonne Landsberg (1914)

Henri Matisse, Goldfish and Palette (1914-15)

10 / 17 Henri Matisse, Goldfish and Palette (1914-15)

Henri Matisse, The Moroccans (1915–16)

11 / 17 Henri Matisse, The Moroccans (1915–16)

Henri Matisse, Apples (1916)

12 / 17 Henri Matisse, Apples (1916)

Henri Matisse, Eva Mudocci (1916)

13 / 17 Henri Matisse, Eva Mudocci (1916)

Henri Matisse, The Italian Woman (1916)

14 / 17 Henri Matisse, The Italian Woman (1916)

Henri Matisse, The Piano Lesson (1916)

15 / 17 Henri Matisse, The Piano Lesson (1916)

Henri Matisse, The Window (1916)

16 / 17 Henri Matisse, The Window (1916)

Henri Matisse, Shaft of Sunlight, the Woods of Trivaux (1917)

17 / 17 Henri Matisse, Shaft of Sunlight, the Woods of Trivaux (1917)


Matisse claimed, on his deathbed, that the period between 1913 and 1917 was ‘pivotal’ in his artistic career. 
 
Using extensive new historical, technical and scientific research Matisse: Radical Invention 1913-1917 - an exhibition at The Art Institute of Chicago until 20 June 2010 - makes exciting revelations about the artist's techniques, methods and studio practices which show clear connections between the work produced during a period previously dismissed as an anomaly in his development, and that of the rest of his career.
 
Among the great connections made are those in the methods used to produce the masterpieces Bathers by a River (1913) and The Moroccans (1915-6); the process of layering paint and working it until the image was perfected was used for both these images, instead of the conventional process of reproducing an image from a sketch.

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