‘Vertigo of Color. Matisse, Derain, and the Origins of Fauvism’ to Open at The Met Fifth Avenue

 

 

 

Image: André Derain. Woman with a Shawl, Madame Matisse in a Kimono, 1905. Oil on canvas. Private collection, courtesy of Nevill Keating Pictures, London. © 2023 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.

Henri Matisse (1869–1954) and André Derain (1880–1954) embarked on a creative partnership in the summer of 1905 that would change the course of French painting. The two painters daringly experimented with energetic bursts of color, form, and structure, the outcome of which led to a bold, new artistic language known as Fauvism (from the French fauve, or “wild beast”). Opening at The Met on October 13, 2023, Vertigo of Color: Matisse, Derain, and the Origins of Fauvism will present, for the first time in the United States, the legacy of that legendary summer through 65 paintings, drawings, and watercolors by Matisse and Derain on loan from national and international museums and private collections.

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