The exhibition focuses on the method Matisse used to create almost all of his major sculptures: he started with a naturalistic modeling and gradually gave his figures a more abstract and radical stylisation. He kept the decisive steps as autonomous sculptures, thus revealing the different stages of his creative process.
Like a metamorphosis, his bronzes go from a natural form to an artistic expression. This approach to metamorphosis finds analogies in his pictorial and drawn work. The exhibition brings them together for the first time and also sets out to relate Matisse's sculpture to that of the great sculptors of the 20th century after Auguste Rodin.
The Mougins museum is honoured to contribute to this exhibition with the loan of a terracotta sculpture realised around 1899 by the French artist of Catalan origin, Aristide Maillol: Portrait of a woman, Mrs Henry Clemens van de Velde (MMoCA92MA) - right on the attached photograph.
Exhibition curated by:
Sandra Gianfreda, Curator, Kunsthaus Zurich
Claudine Grammont, Director, musée Matisse Nice