Past Exhibitions

Henri Matisse: Improvisation

February 1–May 19, 2013
MMA Pacific Street

Henri Matisse (1869–1954) was one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century. Best known for revolutionizing the use of color and line in painting, his extraordinary career also encompassed drawing, sculpture, and printmaking, which spanned over six decades culminating in a highly original series of works made of paper cut-outs and book illustrations. This exhibition features the pochoir (stencil) prints of JAZZ, Matisse’s first major cut paper book project published in 1947 that became one of the most important—and most beautiful—artists’ books ever produced.

Image: Henri Matisse, The Sword Swallower from the Jazz portfolio, 1943-44
© 2013 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York