The Art Institute of Chicago, 2019
Matisse: Paintings, Works on Paper, Sculpture, and Textiles at the Art Institute of Chicago highlights the ten paintings, five bronzes, forty-one works on paper, and one textile by Henri Matisse in the museum’s collection. These extraordinary objects narrate the numerous stylistic and thematic paths the artist explored and present a comprehensive story of his entire career.
Highlights include an extended entry on Bathers by a River, in which our curatorial and conservation colleagues use state-of-the-art imaging to “excavate” the canvas, charting how the artist’s radical changes to composition and palette marked a creative evolution at a pivotal moment in his career.
Edited by Stephanie D’Alessandro, with entries by Kristi Dahm, Stephanie D’Alessandro, Kathleen Kiefer, Kristin Hoermann Lister, Katja Rivera, Brandon Ruud, Marin Sarvé-Tarr, Suzanne Schnepp, Mel Becker Solomon, Martha Tedeschi, Kirk Vuillemot, Daniel S. Walker, and Debora Wood.
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation provided essential funding and ongoing support for the project. A generous grant from the Grainger Foundation supported the purchase of equipment used for the technical analysis. Jim Ziebart contributed equipment.