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Matisse exhibit debuts at Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

Widely regarded as one of the most important painters of the 20th century, Henri Matisse influenced a number of art movements, artists and schools of thought. The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art presents the exhibition, The Art Books of Henri Matisse, through Sept. 7. Selected from the Bank of America Collection, the exhibition features 80 framed original illustrations with text from four of Matisse’s most significant artist books.
Widely regarded as one of the most important painters of the 20th century, Henri Matisse influenced a number of art movements, artists and schools of thought. The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art presents the exhibition, The Art Books of Henri Matisse, through Sept. 7. Selected from the Bank of America Collection, the exhibition features 80 framed original illustrations with text from four of Matisse’s most significant artist books. ogaines@charlotteobserver.com

Work by French artist Henri Matisse will be exhibited at Charlotte’s Bechtler Museum of Modern Art starting Friday.

On loan from the Bank of America Collection, “The Art Books of Henri Matisse” includes 80 framed illustrations with text from some of Matisse’s most significant books.

Four of Matisse’s art books are featured, including “Jazz,” one of the most celebrated artists’ books in modern art. It features one of Matisse’s most widely reproduced images – Icarus, depicted as a languid black figure with a red circle at his heart, plunging downward against a royal blue night sky, surrounded by yellow stars.

Matisse (1869-1954) is a significant figure in modern art and is known for his boldly colored paintings. He also created drawings, prints, cut-outs and sculpture, costume and stage set designs. Bert Fox

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