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Henri Matisse @ Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon
December 2, 2016 - March 6, 2017
The Musée des Beaux-Arts in Lyon is dedicating an exhibition to Henri Matisse. Matisse is mainly remembered for his chromatic paintings, displaying beautiful and vibrant colors, but he also drew everyday. Drawing helped him achieve a greater sense of freedom.
The exhibition displays 250 of Matisse’s works and it covers the main periods of his drawing career : the academism, his fauve drawings (1905-1906), his work on portraits (1910s), the “fifty drawings” inspired by Ingres (1919-1920), the drawings with transparent outlines (1935-1937), the big charcoal works (1938-1939)… It closes on his huge painted drawings of years 47 to 52.
Matisse’s drawings are closely linked to his paintings, his sculptures and his engravings. Drawing helped him to think, prepare and accompany his other practices. The exhibition is articulated around some of the motifs and some models Matisse explored during his career. Some of his paintings and sculptures are also displayed and put in perspective with the drawings. It is way of recreating the painter’s workshop.
The museum in Lyon already put together a Matisse exhibition in 1998. It is a new way of paying a tribute to the artist, who stayed briefly in the city for an operation in 1941. All of his life, he remained very attached to Lyon and he gave some of his drawings to the museum.