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Yve-Alain Bois: What's with the bamboo stick? Matisse's late drawing practice

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20/06/2018 - 21/06/2018 Lecture Theatre, Camberwell College of Arts

In a photograph dating from 1931, Matisse is shown sketching The Dance - a gigantic mural commissioned by Albert Barnes for his Foundation in Merion - with his charcoal at the end of a six-foot bamboo stick. This unusual practice stems from the artist’s discovery, dating from the time he was working on another work now in the Barnes Foundation, his 1906 Bonheur de vivre, that squaring up a small sketch, as has been the standard procedure for large paintings and murals since at least the Renaissance, was incompatible with his aesthetic. 

Matisse sketching The Dance
Matisse sketching The Dance, The Barnes Collection, 1931.

Yve-Alain Bois is Professor of Art History in the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He has written extensively on 20th century art and in 2015 he edited the catalogue raisonné of Matisse’s paintings in the Barnes Foundation.

For more information please visit the University of Arts London event page where you can also book a ticket for £5 (£3 for students) at: http://bit.ly/painting-as-remodel.

Painting as ReModel
Painting as Model by Matisse

Painting as ReModel - the symposium on 21 June 2018

This lecture opens the symposium ’Painting as ReModel: Revisiting Painting As Model‘. The symposium is free and open to all but booking is essential.To reserve your place at the symposium, please visit: http://bit.ly/painting-as-remodel

This event is convened by Daniel Sturgis, Reader in Painting and Programme Director of BA Fine Art at Camberwell College of Arts. It is presented by the Camberwell, Chelsea, Wimbledon Graduate School Public Programme.

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