Famously committed to insulating his art from war and politics, when World War II broke out, Henri Matisse asserted his devotion to French art, free expression, and the French nation. Examine Matisse’s life and work during the traumatic years as he faced Europe at war, battled cancer, and found new worlds of color and spirituality in Modern art. During this time Matisse was born into what he called his “second life,” creating his masterful collages, the great Jazz portfolio, and one of the pinnacles of modern religious art, the Chapelle du Rosaire in Vence.

Peter Kalb, Cynthia L. and Theodore S. Berenson Associate Professor of Contemporary Art, Brandeis University

Above: Henri Matisse, Interior with Egyptian Curtain, 1948. Oil on canvas. The Phillips Collection, Washington D.C. © 2016 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.


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