“Matisse, La Figura” in Ferrara: February 22-June 15, 2014

Matisse, La Figura

The creative genius of Henri Matisse changed the course of Twentieth century art; his distinctive ideas left their mark on all artistic genres. Of all subjects, the one that attracted him the most was the figure, especially the female, which he tirelessly represented in all media throughout his entire career. This theme, so central to his work, has inspired the exhibition at the Palazzo dei Diamanti in Ferrara dedicated to this modern art giant.

Over one hundred paintings, sculptures and works on paper will describe the creative journey through which Matisse explored ways of representing his emotional response to his models. His works resonate with the joy he had in creating them, as is evident from the radiant pure colors and the lively dancing figures of his early works. This enthusiasm still shines through the works of his last phase, where the objects and settings seem to reverberate with an energy that emanates from the figures.

But above all, Matisse’s imagination is nourished by the presence of the model in his studio. At times he captures the mystery of the face, which comes alive in irresistibly charming portraits, at others, his fascination is directed to the reflections of light on the figure and the exotic furnishings that surround it, creating images that are a hymn to beauty and art.

Matisse, "The Two Sisters," 1917, Oil on canvas, 61 x 74, Denver Art Museum

Matisse, “The Two Sisters,” 1917, Oil on canvas, 61 x 74, Denver Art Museum

Like Picasso, Matisse is inspired by the oldest of artistic themes, that of the figure, and he subverts traditional representation: with simple colored shapes he composed symphonies of almost abstract forms that expand into an infinite space. These creations embody the essence of Matisse’s art, where a few deft lines are able to touch the deepest chords of the human soul and instil a feeling of perfect harmony. For this, Matisse was tremendously influential over the artists of his time and for generations to come.

Exhibition curated by Isabelle Monod-Fontaine, organized by Fondazione Ferrara Arte. (Source: Palazzo dei Diamanti)


La forza della linea, l’emozione del colore

22 February – 15 June 2014

Palazzo dei Diamanti
Corso Ercole I d’Este 21, Ferrara – ITALY

Tickets €9-11

Daily 9am-7pm
Open Easter Sunday, Easter Monday, April 25th, May 1st, and June 2nd

Information and Bookings
T. 0532 244949

About SACI

SACI is a US non-profit College of Art and Design in Florence, Italy, for undergraduate and graduate students seeking accredited instruction in studio art, design, conservation, art history, and Italian language and culture. Founded in 1975, SACI offers the following programs: Academic Semester/Year Abroad, Summer Studies, Venice Summer Program, Post-Bac in Conservation, MFA in Studio Art, MA in Art History.

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