Saturday, August 7, 2010

Matisse: Radical Invention, 1913-1917

The Scout Report
August 6, 2010

The Art Institute of Chicago website has a wonderful online interactive feature that complements its in situ Matisse exhibit, called "Matisse: Radical Invention 1913-1917". The focus of the exhibit is the aforementioned time period, but the Art Institute of Chicago, in collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art, New York, takes it one step further by using technology to uncover how Matisse's painting, Bathers By a River, and the sculpture, Back, evolved. To understand the technology used to uncover the evolution of Matisse's work, visitors should check out the "Glossary" in the menu at the top of any page. There, x-radiography, infrared reflectography, and overlays are concisely explained to visitors interested in learning about this x-ray approach to art. Finally, visitors interested in seeing Matisse working on an actual painting, will definitely want to check out the 26-minute film from 1946, "A Great French Painter, Henri Matisse". Some of the film is even shot in the Issy studio where he created many of his works from 1913 to 1917.


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