About the Class
If Henri Matisse were your guide at the Barnes, he would likely discuss how much his own work was influenced by what Albert Barnes collected. Using examples from the collection, we will explore the art and objects that mattered to Matisse at the different phases of his career, what he had to say about them, and how these ideas compare to recent interpretations.
This class is designed to feed your imagination and deepen your understanding of Matisse’s art. Our aim is that the next time you tour the Barnes or similar collections, you will almost hear the artist’s voice in your ear (on Goya, Cézanne, Renoir, African sculpture, and more) and be able to put his ideas in dialogue with your own.
Mani is a PhD candidate in the history of art and architecture at Harvard University. His research and writing on modernist art has contributed to major exhibition projects, including Matisse: Radical Invention, 1913–1917 at the Art Institute of Chicago, Cézanne and Beyond at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and The Bauhaus and Harvard at the Harvard Art Museums. His dissertation is on Matisse’s work between the World Wars.