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Masterworks by Matisse at the Barnes Foundation

Afternoon Lecture/Seminar

Thursday, March 9, 2023 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET
Code: 1NV022
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Le bonheur de vivre, (detail), by Henri Matisse, 1906

Drawing on what is considered one of the greatest post-impressionist and early modern art collections in the world, Barnes Foundation educator Penny Hansen guides a series of live virtual tours that examine in depth the paintings of three artists who helped shape a truly revolutionary period in the history of art.

Using high-definition Deep Zoom technology developed by the Barnes, she leads participants through the Philadelphia museum’s galleries and provides astonishingly close-up views of the canvases, revealing their paint surface, brushstrokes, and details in ways that bring the art and the artist vividly to life. All programs provide the chance to interact with Hansen in a Q&A session.

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Henri Matisse is considered a cornerstone of 20th century modernism. He developed a monumental approach to decorative art, innovative in his treatment of the human figure and the expressive and constructive role he accorded to color. The Barnes holds 59 of his works, representing pieces from throughout his long career. They include his fauvist masterpiece of 1906, Le Bonheur de Vivre, and The Dance, a huge work commissioned by collector Albert Barnes in 1930 that spans the length of the main gallery of the foundation.

World Art History Certificate elective: Earn 1/2 credit*

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*Enrolled participants in the World Art History Certificate Program receive 1/2 elective credit. Not yet enrolled? Learn about the program, its benefits, and how to register here.