To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Henri Matisse (1869-1954), the Centre Pompidou pays tribute to him through an exhibition gathering essential works that explore the relationship between his work and literature.
Henri Matisse's work was intended to upset the modern eye and was expressed through a variety of techniques that he tirelessly deepened: painting, drawing, sculpture, illustrated books, and then towards the end of his life, his monochrome drawings with carved gouaches.
Divided into nine chapters, the exhibition traces the career of Matisse along a chronological journey, from its beginnings, around 1890 until the 1950s.
The exhibition has amassed masterpieces from the collections of the National Museum of Modern Art, the two Matisse museums in France: Cateau-Cambrésis and Nice. Also, exceptional loans from the Matisse collection of the Musée Grenoble complete this collection, as well as prestigious international loans. Moreover, loans from the artist's family and private collectors mean that you can see many major works which have not been seen in France since the great retrospective devoted to Matisse, in 1970 at the Grand Palais.