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.