The picture on page 68 did not especially stand out, for Sarah Schroth.
Henri Matisse’s 1927 oil on canvas, Ballet Dancer Seated on a Stool, came across as rather flat on the printed page.
But when Schroth saw it in person, oh la la! She fell in love.
“His playing with space and making it ambiguous–that’s what makes this picture,” she said. “It just comes alive. It just breathes. You feel the artist’s hand, and his thinking.”
Schroth spend a couple of hours at the UNC-TV studio today with Executive Producer Scott Davis to talk about a documentary on the upcoming exhibition at the Nasher Museum, Collecting Matisse and Modern Masters: The Cone Sisters of Baltimore. The exhibition features more than 50 works of art, including paintings, sculptures and works on paper by Matisse, Picasso, Gauguin, Renoir, van Gogh, Pissarro, Courbet and more–on loan from the Baltimore Museum of Art.
Sitting at the table with Scott, the exhibition catalogue open between them, Sarah indulged in a reverie over Ballet Dancer. Her finger traced the black outline around the figure, the cropping of her foot, her little belly and slumped posture, hundreds of shades of white in her tutu. “She just feels like she’s really sitting there,” Sarah said, “like you’re the artist looking at her.”
Visitors will have the chance to see Ballet Dancerin person when the exhibition opens on November 4. Tickets go on sale Sept. 24. The UNC-TV documentary will air later in November, and is made possible by the Provost’s Office at Duke University.
IMAGE: Sarah Schroth, Nancy Hanks Senior Curator at the Nasher Museum, goes over images in the exhibition with Scott Davis, Executive Producer at UNC-TV. Photo by Wendy Hower Livingston.