Exhibition

Matisse from SFMOMA

November 09, 2013 - September 07, 2014

Legion of Honor

This jewel-sized exhibition features 23 paintings, drawings, and bronzes from SFMOMA's internationally acclaimed collection of the work of Henri Matisse, joined by four important paintings and drawings from the collection of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Celebrating the Bay Area's early and long-standing enthusiasm for the French artist, the exhibition traces four decades of Matisse's career, from a Cézanne-inspired still life from the turn of the last century to his richly patterned interiors from the 1920s and 1930s. Of special note are the vibrantly colored pictures from the artist's Fauve period, from 1905 to 1908, when Matisse first rose to prominence as a leader of modern French painting.

Matisse from SFMOMA is jointly organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Major support is generously provided by the Walter and Elise Haas Fund.

Walter and Elise Haas Fund

  • Henri Matisse, La fille aux yeux verts (The Girl with Green Eyes), 1908; oil on canvas; Collection SFMOMA, bequest of Harriet Lane Levy; Succession H. Matisse/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; photo: Ben Blackwell
  • Henri Matisse, La Conversation (The Conversation), 1938; oil on canvas; Collection SFMOMA, Bequest of Mr. James D. Zellerbach; Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; photo: Ben Blackwell
  • Henri Matisse, Sketch for Le Bonheur de vivre (The Joy of Life), 1905-6; oil on canvas; Collection SFMOMA, Bequest of Elise S. Haas; Succession H. Matisse, Paris / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; photo: Ben Blackwell
  • Henri Matisse, Sarah Stein, 1916; oil on canvas; Collection SFMOMA, Sarah and Michael Stein Memorial Collection, gift of Elise S. Haas; Succession H. Matisse, Paris / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; photo: Ben Blackwell
  • Henri Matisse, Nature morte la cruche bleue (Still Life with Blue Jug), ca. 1900-03; oil on canvas; Collection SFMOMA, Bequest of Matilda B. Wilbur in honor of her daughter, Mary W. Thacher; Succession H. Matisse, Paris / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; photo: Ben Blackwell
  • Henri Matisse, Young Woman in Pink (La Jeune Femme en Rose), 1923; Oil on canvas; Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, memorial gift from Dr. T. Edward and Tullah Hanley, Bradford, Pennsylvania; 2013 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; photo: courtesy Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco