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9/8, Henri MATISSE: Nudes and Odalisques
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Nancy Tubbs

September 02, 2022    

MODERNISM INC. presents:

Henri MATISSE: Nudes and Odalisques

September 8 - October 29, 2022, Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 5:30pm, San Francisco CA


MODERNISM is pleased to present a museum-quality selection of thirty-one prints produced by Matisse between 1913 and 1947, focusing on his nude and draped representations of women in the 1920s, a period during which he almost single-handedly made lithography modern. Printed by the artist in small editions usually not exceeding fifty examples, these works on paper display Matisse's genius for line and composition in their purest form-dazzling the eyes with nothing more than black ink on white paper-while simultaneously reaffirming MODERNISM's commitment to major exhibitions of work by modern masters including Kazimir Malevich, Pablo Picasso, Le Corbusier among others.

For all his acclaim as a colorist, Matisse considered the line to be fundamental to his art, working toward his great canvases by drawing from life. Printmaking provided him with a medium in which the directness and intimacy of those drawings could be transformed into finished works as autonomous as the great paintings. His prints proved also to be an ideal space for formal experimentation, and the perfection of the aesthetic qualities he most valued.

Works in "Nudes and Odalisques" range from the deceptively simple to the spectacularly complex. The former category includes etchings of almost impossibly few lines, verging on abstraction, such as Jeune fille revant pres d'un bocal de poisons (1929), showing a young woman gazing past a bowl of fish. The latter category includes lithographs of such subtle shading that the subjects emerge from the page, such as Le renard blanc (1929), depicting a young woman cloaked in a luxurious white fox coat.

"One must always search for the desire of the line," Matisse told the great collector Sarah Stein in 1908. The lithographs and etchings in "Nudes and Odalisques" deliver the bounty of his search - and are bound to stir up desire in connoisseurs and collectors today.

The public is invited to an opening reception Thursday, September 8, from 6-8pm.

September 8 - October 29, 2022, Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 5:30pm

724 Ellis Street
San Francisco CA, 94121


Phone: 415-541-0461

Founded in 1979, Modernism has since presented more than 450 exhibitions, both historical and contemporary, in media ranging from painting to photography, sculpture to performance, by an international roster of artists.

Throughout its 37 years, owner Martin Muller has striven to keep the gallery's challenging, museum quality program at the forefront of the art world.
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