Dive into the life, work, studio collection, and time period of Henri Matisse, inspired by the major exhibition “Matisse in the Studio,” on view in the Gund Gallery from April 9 to July 9, 2017.

Wednesdays, March 1–May 10, 1-2:30pm
Remis Auditorium

Take the full ten-week course or pick and choose the lectures that interest you most.


Ticket Packages

Multi-session course packages are available. Please note that this course package is not available after the date of the first session. 
For more information and to purchase individual sessions, select from the “In This Series” section. 

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Members $240.00
Nonmembers $300.00

In This Series

Henri Matisse, Still Life with Chocolate Pot

Lectures and Courses

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Henri Matisse: From Petit Bourgeois to Wild Beast
March 1, 2017
1:00 pm2:30 pm

Trace Matisse’s work from its formative stages to the development of the Fauvist style. Discuss Matisse’s sources and formal innovations, in addition...

Henri Matisse, Interior with Phonograph

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France and Americanization in the Jazz Age
March 8, 2017
1:00 pm2:30 pm

Although France emerged victorious from the First World War, it also faced numerous economic, political, and social challenges. One of the most...

Henri Matisse, Reclining Nude

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Matisse and Sculpture
March 15, 2017
1:00 pm2:30 pm

Though Matisse is best known as a painter and a brilliant colorist, his sculptures show a different aspect of his work. He said that he worked in...

Henri Matisse, Still Life with African Statuette, 1907

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Ambassadors in the Studio: Matisse’s African Art Collection
March 22, 2017
1:00 pm2:30 pm

Explore Matisse’s collection of African art and focus on the way that African art entered artists’ studios in Paris in the early 20th century....

Henri Matisse, Vase of Flowers, 1924

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Matisse: “For Me It’s Always New”
March 29, 2017
1:00 pm2:30 pm

Already in the artistic vanguard by the time of World War I, Matisse continued to push himself and his art in new directions. Learn about his...

Henri Matisse's painting, Interior with Egyptian Curtain

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Matisse's Art in the Shadow of War
April 5, 2017
1:00 pm2:30 pm

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...

Henri Matisse, Acrobat, 1952

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The Musical World of Matisse
April 12, 2017
1:00 pm2:30 pm

In the rich cultural landscape in Paris of the early 20th century, painters mingled with composers, sculptors, writers, and philosophers and...

Henri Matisse, Mimosa

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Matisse’s Late Drawings and Cut-Outs
May 3, 2017
1:00 pm2:30 pm

Explore connections between Matisse’s personal collection of objects and his extraordinary late works on paper, examples of which are included in the...

Ellsworth Kelly, Ten Color Lithographs: Yellow/Orange

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Matisse's Legacy
May 10, 2017
1:00 pm2:30 pm

Explore the fertile legacy of color, wholeness, economy, and visual delight bequeathed by Matisse to future generations. Emphasis will be on the...

Henri Matisse, Odalisque on a Turkish Chair

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Women and Gender Studies in Matisse’s Work
May 24, 2017
2:00 pm3:30 pm

The date of this lecture has been rescheduled from Wednesday, April 26 1-2:30pm to Wednesday, May 24 from 2-3:30pm. We apologize for any ...