A deep dive into Matisse’s ‘The Red Studio’

A deep dive into Matisse’s ‘The Red Studio’

When Henri Matisse painted “The Red Studio” in the Paris suburb of Issy-les-Moulineaux in 1911, he not only let the viewer into his workspace, with its box of crayons, ceramic plate and grandfather clock. He also captured tiny versions of his own paintings propped against the walls and his sculptures perched on stools. Now, for the first time since they left Matisse’s studio, those pieces of art will be displayed alongside “The Red Studio” at the Museum of Modern Art in an exhibition that opens next May. “You will see ‘The Red Studio,’ and you will also see in real life the paintings and sculptures that he miniaturized and reproduced in the painting itself,” said Ann Temkin, MoMA’s chief curator of painting and sculpture, co-organizer of the exhibition. “This is one of the great artists playing with the concept of art within art, presenting his own work within his own paintings. He painted a show of his work, and we’re realizi
When Henri Matisse painted “The Red Studio” in the Paris suburb of Issy-les-Moulineaux in 1911, he not only let the viewer into his workspace, with its box of crayons, ceramic plate and grandfather clock. He also captured tiny versions of his own paintings propped against the walls and his sculptures perched on stools. Now, for the first time since they left Matisse’s studio, those pieces of art will be displayed alongside “The Red Studio” at the Museum of Modern Art in an exhibition that opens next May. “You will see ‘The Red Studio,’ and you will also see in real life the paintings and sculptures that he miniaturized and reproduced in the painting itself,” said Ann Temkin, MoMA’s chief curator of painting and sculpture, co-organizer of the exhibition. “This is one of the great artists playing with the concept of art within art, presenting his own work within his own paintings. He painted a show of his work, and we’re realizi