Matisse: The Red Studio

Photograph of Matisse’s studio, interior, Issy-les-Moulineaux, October/November 1911. 9 x 11.8 cm. Private collection

Introduction to Matisse: The Red Studio

Curator, Ann Temkin: I'm Ann Temkin. I'm the Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Chief Curator of Painting and Sculpture here at MoMA.

The Red Studio is a picture of Matisse's real studio, in the Parisian suburb of Issy-les-Moulineaux. That picture has 11 artworks depicted in it, which we've brought together in the exhibition.

Artist, Faith Ringgold: I think a studio is very important.

Artist, Lisa Yuskavage: When you're an artist, it's where you spend all of your life.

Ann Temkin: What we really wanted to do was bring visitors into Matisse's world, first of all, into the studio that's the subject of the painting, into the other artworks that are in the painting, and then into the events and artworks that relate to this work as it went on to live its life in the decades following its making.

Writer, Siri Hustvedt: The outrage caused by these images, their radicality when they were produced, is something that I think is good to recover.

Professor, Mehammed Mack: That deconstruction of color, like disassociating color from the object is a kind of revolutionary act.

Ann Temkin: Matisse is so easy to think about as the maker of beautiful, relaxing pictures. We really wanted to try to recreate what extraordinary focus and effort and leaps of imagination and daring an artist goes through in making a work of radical innovation, like The Red Studio.

Writer, Claire Messud: That, for me, is the fascination it's as if we have a glimpse inside his head.

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