22 October 2017

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Missing Matisse Cut-Outs To Be Returned To Artist’s Heirs

Two cut-outs by the Post Impressionist artist Henri Matisse ‘White Palm on Red’ and ‘Green Snail on Blue’, valued at $4.5 million are to be returned to the Heirs of the artist.

1 August 2017

Matisse Cultural Appropriation And His Studio RA Review By Sue Hubbard

The artist’s studio is both a practical workshop and the workshop of the mind, a place of reflection and play, of doubt and hard work. At first a modest collector of modest means, Matisse filled his studio with objects collected on his travels to create a stage-set of languid sensuality, returning to the same paintings, prints, sculptures and textiles for inspiration over and over again like old friends, each time finding new points of stimulation.

10 September 2016

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London’s National Gallery Refuse Restitution Claims By Henri Matisse Painting’s Descendants

London’s National Gallery says it will not be giving the descendants of Henri Matisse’s model Greta Moll a work in their collection claimed to have been received through an “illicit transfer”.  The portrait painted in 1908, entitled “Portrait of Greta Moll” is the subject of a legal claim lodged in New York by three family members of its subject, an […]

26 November 2015

Henri Matisse Snail Cut Out Is Centrepiece Of New Liverpool Solo Exhibition

Tate Liverpool is currently presenting one of the most iconic works ever created by Henri Matisse – The Snail 1953.  Due to the delicate nature of the work, this is your only opportunity to see The Snail outside of London, as it is unlikely that this masterpiece will tour to other venues in our lifetime. In parallel with the exhibition, ‘An Imagined Museum’, on the ground floor […]

17 August 2015

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Henri Matisse: Tate Liverpool To Display Artist’s Iconic Snail

This autumn Tate Liverpool will present one of the most iconic works ever made by Henri Matisse (1869 – 1954), The Snail 1953. On display for the first time in the gallery’s history, Tate Liverpool is the first and only UK venue outside London to exhibit this masterpiece. At almost three metres square, The Snail […]

27 July 2015

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Francis Bacon Blockbuster To Open At Tate Liverpool In 2016

The new exhibition at Tate Liverpool will focus on Bacon’s use of ‘space-frames’ – considered one of Britain’s greatest modern painters – who set his subjects inside a ‘ghost-like’ frame. The show will include around 35 large-scale paintings and works on paper which feature the barely-visible cubic technique which the great British artist used from […]

14 June 2015

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Henri Matisse Forgotten Cut-Outs Emerge For Sale At Frederick Mulder Ltd

It took Dr Frederick Mulder CBE and Anne-Françoise Gavanon, the directors of Frederick Mulder Ltd, one of the world’s best known specialists in original European printmaking from 1470 to 1970, five years to convince the owner to depart with a beloved masterpiece. after they set their eyes on a particular Matisse cut-out, after the work […]

11 June 2015

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Rare Henri Matisse-Illustrated Edition Of Ulysses Under The Hammer

In 1935 the French artist, Henri Matisse, was commissioned to illustrate an edition of Ulysses for subscribers to the Limited Edition Club in America. Each of the 1,000 copies was signed by Matisse and 250 were also signed by James Joyce. A copy of the book signed by both men is estimated at £6,000 to […]

25 March 2015

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Nazi-looted Henri Matisse From Gurlitt Collection Restitution Deal Reached

London-based solicitor Christopher Marinello, working for the Rosenberg family, trying to retrieve a long-lost Matisse painting looted by the Nazis said on Tuesday that a deal has now been signed with the German government for its restitution. This comes after a lengthy wait for the restitution of works from the ‘Munich Art Trove’ to actually […]

24 February 2015

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Gurlitt Munich Art Trove Matisse Restitution Delayed

There seems to be no end in sight for the saga of Cornelius Gurlitt’s ‘Munich Art Trove’. The collection was originally collated by Cornelius Gurlitt’s father, Hildebrand Gurlitt. Gurlitt senior was one of four art dealers entrusted with selling so-called degenerate art during the Nazi regime’s rule. The collection included a number high-value works from […]

26 January 2015

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Museum Hang Out Of Picasso, Matisse Shut By Paris Authorities

The Musée du Montparnasse – a museum known for celebrating the art historical richness of the Parisian area of Montparnasse has been shut by the City of Paris, Le quotidien de l’art reports. The museum was established in 1996 by Roger Pic, a local photographer who led a campaign against a real estate development planned […]

31 December 2014

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First Dutch Matisse Survey In 60 Years Announced

After Tate’s critically acclaimed exhibition of Matisse’s cut-outs, Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum has announced “The Oasis of Matisse,” the first Matisse survey in the Netherlands in over 60 years, set to open in late March 2015. The exhibition will cover over 100 works borrowed from 30 collections, and will feature more Matisse works shown together than […]

25 November 2014

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Henri Matisse Portrait Of Famous Muse Could Fetch £12 Million At Sotheby’s

An exquisite portrait by Henri Matisse depicting Princess Nézy-Hamidé Chawkat, the great granddaughter of the last Sultan of Turkey, Odalisque au fauteuil noir will be on offer at Sotheby’s London sale of Impressionist & Modern Art. The work dated 1942 and estimated at £9-12 million is one of Matisse’s finest paintings from his famed ‘Odalisque’ […]

29 October 2014

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Recovered Matisse And Its Forgery Displayed Together For First Time In Venezuela

A Henri Matisse masterpiece is back on display at Venezuela’s Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Caracas Sofia Imber (MACCSI), alongside the inferior copy that was left behind by thieves, reports Reuters. The painting was returned to Venezuela over the summer, after missing for nearly 15 years – but the details of the return are shrouded […]

16 September 2014

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Matisse Is The Most Successful Exhibition In History Of The Tate

Tate has announced that Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs has received 562,622 visitors. This makes the prestigious exhibition the most popular ever held at Tate; and the first to receive over half a million people through its doors. The record as Tate’s most visited exhibition was previously held by ‘Matisse Picasso’ at Tate Modern with 467,166 […]

16 June 2014

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Gurlitt Henri Matisse Painting Confirmed Looted By The Nazis

The first painting to be confirmed, as stolen by the Nazis, has emerged from the Gurlitt hoard. It is a portrait by the Post Impressionist painter Henri Matisse. The investigating body appointed by the German government to assess the hoard have now established that the painting belongs to the family of Paul Rosenberg a prominent […]

18 April 2014

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Anyone could do it – Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs

artseer.wordpress.com “I could do that.  Actually, my four year old could do that”.  This reaction, found amidst a discussion thread to a review of Tate Modern’s summer blockbuster, sounds familiar.  “A load of tosh”, “hobbykraft”; “junk”, “utterly insignificant”, and so the thread continues.  Could the gallery have made a terrible mistake and opened a show […]

15 April 2014

Henri Matisse: Expressive Simplistic Colour And Pattern Painted With Scissors

Let’s not beat around the bush here – this is a stunning, uplifting, joyous exhibition that reminds everyone what Art is truly about.   Just entering the exhibition makes you fully aware that you are in the presence of genius.  Matisse is so confidant in his style that it appears effortless.  The joy comes from the […]

31 August 2011

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Canada’s Peggy Guggenheim Ayala Zacks-Abramov Dies

Famed Canadian/Israeli patron collector dead at 97 Ayala Zacks-Abramov, the well known Canadian/Israeli collector passed away on Sunday age of 97. Zacks-Abramov was a serious collector of International modern art. For many years Zacks-Abramov loaned works to major museums in Canada and Israel. Ayala was born the daughter of an eminent citrus-growing family. She grew […]