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Matisse: In Search of True Painting

When

Dec 4, 2012 – Mar 17, 2013

Daily

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Venue Partner)

1000 Fifth Ave at 82nd St

212.535.7710

Directions: Main Building: Take the 4, 5, or 6 train to 86th Street and walk to Fifth Avenue; OR take the M1, M2, M3, or M4 bus along Fifth Avenue. The Cloisters: Take the A train to 190th Street and walk, or transfer to the M4 bus and ride north one stop.

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art says…

Henri Matisse (1869–1954) was one of the most acclaimed artists working in France during the first half of the 20th century. The critic Clement Greenberg, writing in The Nation in 1949, called him a "self-assured master who can no more help painting well than breathing." Unbeknownst to many, painting had rarely come easily to Matisse. Throughout his career, he questioned, repainted, and reevaluated his work. He used his completed canvases as tools, repeating compositions in order to compare effects, gauge his progress, and, as he put it, "push further and deeper into true painting." While this manner of working with pairs, trios, and series is certainly not unique to Matisse, his need to progress methodically from one painting to the next is striking. Matisse: In Search of True Painting presents this particular aspect of Matisse's painting process by showcasing 49 vibrantly colored canvases. For Matisse, the process of creation was not simply a means to an end but a dimension of his art that was as important as the finished canvas.