Monday, March 9, 2015

Matisse Arabesque

The influence of Arab, African and Asian art on Henri Matisse is the theme of a major collection of the French artist's work that has gone on show in Rome.

The exhibition, "Matisse Arabesque", runs until June 21st at the Scuderie del Quirinale, the former stables of Italy's presidential palace which have been transformed into a museum that boasts spectacular views over the Eternal City

Henri Matisse told critic Gaston Diehl in a letter dated 1947 that "la révélation m'est venue d'Orient": but this revelation was by no means a sudden shock. As we can tell from his paintings and drawings, it was spawned by a growing familiarity with the Orient and gradually developed in the course of the artist's travels, encounters and visits to exhibitions and shows. More at: