The wonderful thing about art and exhibitions is that you get a completely different experience with every visit, depending on what details you focus on. If you have already seen the Matisse exhibition, I challenge you to come visit again and see how your second visit can differ from the first!
We are still smiling over Geoffrey Mock’s story about his encounter, at age 9, with Matisse’s The Pink Nude. We’re thrilled that students from all over the Triangle are creating and sharing their drawings and paintings of work by Matisse and Picasso for NBC17′s “Cool Schools” morning segment, as part of the station’s partnership with the museum.
Matisse’s relationship with Claribel and Etta was intense and enduring. He called them, “my two Baltimore ladies”. They were remarkable women. Matisse’s ladies became major benefactors from his early struggling days when the work was considered radical to the mid 20th century when Etta died. And he was not the only artist to attract their attention. Their collection includes works by Van Gogh, Gauguin and of course Picasso.
On the last day of art camp, when we were told to go out on our own throughout the museum and select one work to copy, I headed straight to one of Matisse’s most accomplished work. Yes, I thought Large Reclining Nude would be fun and a bit naughty, but I was also inspired. In Matisse’s hold, I felt a fluidity of line, a feeling for color, and an understanding of flow and composition that was beyond my age and that I would never ever feel again.
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 is 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.