Matisse and New Media

A painting of a woman seated in an interior. She is centered and faces the viewer. Wearing a long blue dress with a rounded skirt and ruffled white elements, she holds her left hand to her temple, while her right hand rests in her lap and holds something resembling a string of beads. Visible behind her is a yellow plant or bouquet and, on the wall, several figural artworks. The work is characterized by bold colors and a flattened appearance.

Henri Matisse, Dame en bleu (Woman in Blue), 1937. Oil on canvas. Philadelphia Museum of Art, Gift of Mrs. John Wintersteen, 1956, 1956-23-1. © 2024 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Lecture Four

In his 60s and 70s, Henri Matisse, now famous, turned to mural decorations of striking scale and rigorous flatness. He composed these using techniques he himself invented, including painted cutouts. He explored printmaking techniques of all kinds, and he devised patterns for carpets and stained glass. Agnostic and frail, but determined to the end, he designed a luminous Catholic chapel. 

About the Lecture Series

In this four-part series John Walsh, B.A. 1961, Director Emeritus of the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, explores the phases of Matisse’s career. What were the artist’s innovations, and how did he relate to the critics, public, and fellow artists of his day? Each lecture is anchored to an important work, emphasizing close looking. 

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