Vertigo of Color: Matisse, Derain, and the Origins of Fauvism Through May 27, 2024


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In the summer of 1905, Henri Matisse and André Derain embarked on a creative partnership that would change the course of French painting. The two painters experimented with daring directions in energetic bursts of color, form, and structure that eventually led to a boldly inventive artistic language known as Fauvism (from the French fauve, or “wild beast”).

While staying in the modest French fishing village of Collioure, Matisse (1869–1954) and Derain (1880–1954) drew from local surroundings as they experienced the bustling life of the port, the quiet beaches, and surrounding landscapes. A new aesthetic of color and light was in process.

Vertigo of Color features many of the most celebrated works of Fauvism. The exhibition presents, for the first time in the United States, the legacy of that legendary summer through paintings, drawings, and watercolors by the two artists, on loan from national and international museums and private collections.

Their evolving visual language grew from sensory experience of a moment in time, rather than reality. As Matisse wrote, “My choice of colors does not rest on any scientific theory; it is based on observation, on feeling, on the experience of my sensibility.”

Publication
The illustrated exhibition catalogue is available through the MFA Shop (713.639.7360) and the Museum’s Hirsch Library (713.639.7325).

Vertigo of Color: Matisse, Derain, and the Origins of Fauvism / February 25–May 27, 2024


“Vertigo of Color: Matisse, Derain, and the Origins of Fauvism” was organized by the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

This exhibition is made possible in part by a grant from:

Lead Corporate Underwriter:

This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

Additional generous support is provided by:
Cherie and Jim Flores
Linnet F. Deily
Nancy Pollok Guinee
Carla Knobloch
Rand Group
Polly and Murry Bowden
Bettie Cartwright
Vivian L. Smith Foundation
Rosanette S. Cullen
Samuel F. Gorman

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