Madrid's Thyssen museum shows Matisse intimate works

12th June 2009, Comments 0 comments

French painter Henri Matisse’s art work depicting odalisques or scenes through windows with a view on the sea will be exhibited at Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum till September.

Madrid – French painter Henri Matisse, master of fauvism and colour, also produced a number of more intimate works between 1917 and 1947, which are the subject of a new exhibition at Madrid's Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum.

The 70 paintings, drawings and sculptures depict odalisques or scenes through windows with a view on the sea, many of them done in the southern French city of Nice, where he moved in 1917.

It is a more "naturalistic and intimate" period, which was "unjustly disparaged by avant-garde critics," said the Thyssen's artistic director Guillermo Solana.

He said Matisse, who lived from 1869 to 1954, produced his best works after 1917.

The works in the exhibition, which come from around 50 museums and private collections, include "Seated Woman, Back Turned Toward the Open Window," "Portrait of Marguerite Asleep" and "Pianist and Checker Players."

The paintings of Matisse remain among the most sought-after by collectors.

One of his works, "Cuckoos on a Blue and Pink Carpet", sold for EUR 32 million at an auction in Paris in February, a record for a Matisse.

The Thyssen exhibition is open from 9 June to 20 September.

Palacio de Villahermosa, Paseo del Prado, 8. 28014 MADRID (SPAIN)
Tel: (+34) 91 369 01 51
Fax: (+34) 91 420 27 80
How to get there: Banco de España Metro

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