New York University Skip to Content Skip to Search Skip to Navigation Skip to Sub Navigation

Exhibition of Matisse Drawings and Prints on View at Maison Française, Nov. 2 thru Dec. 21

October 26, 2010
N-101

Henri MatisseWriters on Paper: Selected Drawings and Prints from The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation is the first exhibition dedicated exclusively to Matisse’s little-known drawings of men. The exhibition, on view at New York University’s Maison Française from Nov. 2 through Dec. 21, includes a selection of intimate drawings and prints of writers, including Matisse’s friends, colleagues, and a young poet and martyr, Roger Bernard, whom Matisse admired. Several of the works in this exhibition, created between 1937 and 1946, are being shown for the first time.

“We sincerely hope that this exhibition will be a catalyst for greater appreciation and more extensive study of Matisse’s interaction with the men—writers, musicians, artists, collectors—who embodied European cultural life in the first half of the twentieth century,” said Alessandra Carnielli, executive director of The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation.

Central to Writers on Paper are seven large pen-and-ink portraits of Louis Aragon, one of France’s foremost poets, who became one of Matisse’s most passionate advocates. Other drawings and lithographs in this jewel-like exhibition portray Henri de Montherlant, Paul Léautaud, and Matisse’s mysterious neighbor, Franz Thomassin, an avant-garde writer who published under the name Franz Viller.

The images in this exhibition offer insights into the personalities of these writers. Indeed, Matisse’s spontaneous portraits are like frames from candid documentary films. Rendered in his hallmark stenographic style, the artist’s observations are imbued with clarity, elegance, and strong expressive power.

In an essay that appears in the accompanying exhibition brochure, critic Carter Ratcliff writes that, “For Matisse, an essence was not simple and unchanging but, rather, a manifold of possibilities that reveal themselves from moment to moment.”

Curated by Martin Fisher and Martin Mullin, the exhibition has been organized by The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation and Museum Projects Partnership, with the cooperation of La Maison Française of New York University and Artists Rights Society.

Henri MatisseWriters on Paper will be on view at New York University’s Maison Française from Wed., Nov. 2 through Tues., Dec. 21. La Maison Française is located at 16 Washington Mews (at University Place) in Greenwich Village. The gallery is open Mon. through Fri. from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The public can call 212.998.8750 or email maison.francaise@nyu.edu for more information. The exhibition is free.

Editor’s Note:
Please check the website for days the gallery will be closed for university events:
www.nyu.edu/maisonfrancaise.

This Press Release is in the following Topics:
artwork, International Houses

Type: Press Release

Exhibition of Matisse Drawings and Prints on View at Maison Française

Potrait d'homme de profil (Roger Bernard), 1946 Charcoal © 2010 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


Search News



NYU In the News

NYU Offers Financial Aid to Undocumented Students

The Wall Street Journal reported that NYU will begin offering scholarship aid to undocumented students for the school year beginning next September.

NYU Adopts Lean LaunchPad Program to Teach Entrepreneurship

Startup guru Steve Blank, in a Huffington Post blog, described how NYU adopted the Lean LaunchPad model to teach entrepreneurship to students and faculty at NYU.

Biology Professor Jane Carlton Examines Wastewater for the City’s Microbiome

The New York Times’ Science Times column “Well” profiled Biology Professor Jane Carlton and her research project to sequence microbiome of New York City by examining wastewater samples.

Steinhardt Professors Use a Play as Therapy

The New York Times wrote about a play written by Steinhardt Music Professor Robert Landy about the relationship between Adjunct Professor Cecilia Dintino, a clinical psychologist in the Drama Therapy Program, and a patient, former Broadway actress Jill Powell.

NYU Public Health Experts Urge Strengthening Local Health Systems to Combat Ebola

Dean Cheryl Healton of the Global Institute of Public Health and Public Health Professor Christopher Dickey wrote an op-ed in the Huffington Post saying international health agencies need to strengthen their presence in countries at the local level to prevent future ebola outbreaks.

NYU Footer