Curator: Patrice Deparpe with the exceptional support of the Henri Matisse Archives, the Matisse Heirs and the Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation (NYC)
The year 2019 is dedicated to the 150th anniversary of the birth of Henri Matisse whose Cateau-Cambrésis museum is organizing an ambitious exhibition: Becoming Matisse, "... What the Masters have better ... "
Theme of the youth works from 1890 to 1911 never used before, 10 Matisse paintings never shown to the public, only loan granted by the MoMa of New York this year.
This exhibition will answer several questions:
What legacy did Matisse leave in his homeland of the North? How does the artist build and emancipate himself? What influences do the Grand Masters have on him, what exchanges with his fellow-men? What messages and teachings does he want to convey?
Outstanding artists will be presented such as Rembrandt, De Heem, Goya, Delacroix, Cezanne, Gauguin, Monet, Rodin, Marquet, Picasso ... Thanks to French museum lenders like Le Louvre, the Georges Pompidou National Center for Art and Culture, the Orsay Museum, the Matisse Museum in Nice, the Picasso-Paris National Museum, the Quai Branly Museums, Rodin, Lille, Bordeaux, Lyon, Reims, Grenoble, Saint Tropez ... But also foreign lenders such as the MoMA of New York, The Tate of London, the museums of San Francisco, Philadelphia, Copenhagen, Brussels, Oslo ...