Painter as Sculptor

June 09-September 16, 2007

Known primarily for his beautiful paintings, drawings, and works on paper, Henri Matisse was also an accomplished sculptor whose radical style left lasting marks on modern art history. The first major U.S. examination of Matisse's sculpture in nearly 40 years, this exhibition assembles more than 150 works in a variety of media to illustrate his inventiveness, dexterity, and historical significance. Side-by-side presentations of two- and three-dimensional pieces showcase the way themes, imagery, and processes overlapped in Matisse's studio practice, while a selection of works by the artist's peers — including Constantin Brancusi, Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Alberto Giacometti, Pablo Picasso, and Auguste Rodin — provides a vivid context for considering Matisse's oeuvre.

This exhibition is jointly organized by The Baltimore Museum of Art, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Nasher Sculpture Center.

The national tour is presented by Bank of America, the exhibition's exclusive corporate partner.

This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. Additional organizing support is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Bank of America

The San Francisco presentation is generously supported by Koret Foundation Funds and the Evelyn D. Haas Exhibition Fund.

Koret Foundation Funds

Matisse, sculpture of woman reclining nude on seat

Henri Matisse, Large Seated Nude, 1922-29; collection The Baltimore Museum of Art, The Cone Collection, formed by Dr. Claribel Cone and Miss Etta Cone of Baltimore, Maryland; 2007 Succession H. Matisse, Paris/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York