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In Search of True Painting

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Laurette in a Green Robe, Black Background , 1916 Oil on Canvas 28 3/4 X 21 3/8 In. / 73 X 54.3 Cm © The artist /Courtesy of Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
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Young Sailor I & II © Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art
In Search of True Painting

1000 Fifth Ave.
New York, NY 10028-0918
December 4th, 2012 - March 17th, 2013
Opening: December 4th, 2012 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM

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upper east side
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(212) 535-7710
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Sun-Thu 10-5:30; Fri-Sat 10-9

DESCRIPTION

Throughout his long career, Henri Matisse (1869–1954) continually expanded the boundaries of his art. By repeating images in pairs, trios, and series, he conducted an ongoing dialogue with his earlier works in order to, as he put it, "push further and deeper into true painting." From early pairs such as Young Sailor I and II (1906) and Le Luxe I and II (1907–8) through a trio of paintings from his stay on the Channel Coast (1920) to a series of studio scenes from Vence (1946–48), Matisse is shown analyzing a recently completed work before moving on to another with the same theme and thus devising innovative, often radical, solutions to such problems as how to portray light, handle paint, select colors, and manipulate perspective.