About the Talk
Each month, members of our Adult Education team present their ongoing research on the collection to members. These talks are a great way to learn more about your favorite artists in the collection.
Matisse’s Le bonheur de vivre is a riot of color, light, line, and space. It nearly caused a riot when first exhibited in the Salon des Independents in March 1906. It is a studio painting informed by plein air works Matisse created in the South of France during the summer of 1905. Purchased by Gertrude and Leo Stein, the painting held pride of place among the Renoirs, Picassos, and Cézannes at their Paris apartment. Join Barnes senior instructor Michael Williamson to explore Matisse’s unusual working methods and his fauvist sensibility toward color. Consider the work within the long tradition of landscape painting, and see why it is emblematic of radical modernism.
This talk will take place in the Le bonheur de vivre Room on the second level of the collection galleries.
Henri Matisse. Le bonheur de vivre, also called The Joy of Life, 1905–6. BF719. © 2023 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.