Simon Kelly: Matisse and the Sea @ Krannert Art Museum – 11/16
This lecture discusses the forthcoming exhibition (winter 2024) at the Saint Louis Museum of Art of the same title. The exhibition is the first ever to examine the influence of the sea across modernist artist Henri Matisse’s career, which included painting in coastal locations on the Mediterranean, the Atlantic, and the Pacific.
The lecture will explore the importance of Matisse’s marine imagery across a wide range of media from paintings to ceramics to textiles and paper cut-outs. It will offer a particular focus on the iconic coastal picture, Bathers with a Turtle (1908, Saint Louis Art Museum), exploring the genesis and afterlife of this painting.