Matisse in the Studio

“I do not literally paint that table, but the emotion it produces upon me,” said Henri Matisse of his creative practice. It’s these personal objects from Matisse’s collection that will form the focus of a new exhibition dedicated to the great French artist at London’s Royal Academy. The show will pair some 35 objects from his personal collection with 65 of Matisse’s paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints and cut-outs, showing how he continually returned to particular objects for inspiration, with many reappearing in multiple works. The collection is vast and diverse, and the objects were so important to Matisse that he often travelled with them. Split into five sections, highlights include a focus on the African sculptures which influenced his radical reinterpretation of the human figure, and the Chinese calligraphy panel that shaped his thinking around the language of signs, leading to his famous cut-outs.

Matisse in the Studio (August 5-November 12), Royal Academy, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD (020 7300 8000); @royalacademyarts

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