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Megan Rossman, Photography Editor
By Megan Rossman
June 17, 2016
This Saturday, June 18, marks the opening day of Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. This is the exhibit’s only stop on the continent, so if you’re a fan of Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Juan Gris, Georges Braque, and other masters of Impressionism and Fauvism, stop by to see their work in person before September 18. Members of the Oklahoma Today staff had a chance to check it out earlier this week, so here’s a sneak peek of some of what you’ll see.
White and Pink Head by Henri Matisse: This portrait of Matisse’s daughter Marguerite shows her in a colorful, grid-like composition. The painting was originally intended to venture more toward realism than it did, as indicated by the natural-looking lips and pendant.
Lorette with a Cup of Coffee by Henri Matisse: Known only as Lorette, Matisse painted this mysterious, caffeine-loving Italian model more than fifty times over the course of a year, beginning in November 1916.
Portrait of André Rouveyre by Albert Marquet: Although Marquet made this portrait of Rouveyre, a number of other hip Parisians painted the fashionable writer and artist, including Matisse, who formed a close friendship with him after the two served together in World War II.
Portrait of Père Bouju by Maurice de Vlaminck: I don’t know who Père Bouju is, but de Vlaminck was a standout of the Fauve movement, first inspired to paint by Vincent Van Gogh and known for his vivid use of color.
Nude in a Turkish Hat by Pablo Picasso: This is a portrait of Picasso’s last wife Jacqueline Roque, whom he painted more than any other woman during the twenty years they were together.
Jazz, a portfolio of twenty ponchoirs by Henri Matisse, and Navigation by Shirley Jaffe: Bedridden after an operation for duodenal cancer in 1941, Matisse began experimenting with paper cut-outs, which became his primary medium in his final years. The images here are from his book Jazz, which was an illustrated memoir of sorts. American-born artist Shirley Jaffe created the oil painting Navigation, on the right, in homage to Matisse in 1985.