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Henri Matisse. Blue Still Life (detail), 1907. BF185. © 2021 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Free; registration required.

About the Talk

“Matisse, Vuillard, and Textile Aesthetics”
Online Talk | Member Appreciation Days

Painters Édouard Vuillard and Henri Matisse were influenced by textiles in many of their works. For Matisse, Asian rugs were a particular source of inspiration. He used the format of the rug—a pliable surface composition of form and color—as a model for the bold colors and layering of patterns in his compositions. Matisse was preceded by Vuillard, who also looked to textiles to help reimagine modern painting. Vuillard, however, took European tapestry as his model; the scale, tactility, and medieval associations of the medium inspired his monumental paintings for domestic interiors. In this talk, Barnes associate curator Cindy Kang compares these Eastern and Western textile models and considers the ways in which they shaped modern European art.

Registrants will be emailed a link to access the talk on Thursday, May 20.

 

Henri Matisse. Blue Still Life, 1907. BF185. © 2021 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York