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Art Pursuits Abroad specialises in Art History and Architectural Cultural Study Tour Holidays in Europe and beyond.

Matisse in the Studio

28 Oct 2017

Full day: £90.00

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Matisse in the Studio Study Day

Referring to the colourful cut-outs pinned to his studio walls in a 1952 interview with André Verdet, Henri Matisse explains, ‘as I am obliged to remain often in bed because of the state of my health, I have made a little garden all around me where I can walk…’. Thus we are introduced to Matisse’s studio, a space so integral to his working processes that its walls often literally became the canvas onto which he would compose. This sacred space was also an archive for the treasured objects he collected from around the globe. Furniture and textiles from North Africa, slips of Chinese calligraphy and Buddhist figures, all of which provided the artist with rich inspiration throughout his lifetime.

From August 2017, in association with the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Royal Academy’s Matisse in the Studio allows us a rare and unprecedented glimpse into the studio of Matisse, focussing specifically on the role and influence of these precious gathered objects within his art. This Art Pursuits Study Day will complement the exhibition, revealing the artist as a fluid curator of space, and will consider the powerful interplay between artist, studio and object.

Study Day Programme:


i. The Making of 'Matisse in the Studio'
Lucy Chiswell (Royal Academy)


ii. The Making of 'Matisse in the Studio' (cont.)
Lucy Chiswell (Royal Academy)


Lunch (Not Included)


iii. 'Painting the studio': Matisse’s studio paintings
Flavia Frigeri (Curator 'Matisse: The Cut-Outs', Tate Modern, 2014)


iv. 'Living the studio': Matisse at home with his works
Flavia Frigeri (Curator 'Matisse: The Cut-Outs', Tate Modern, 2014)


Study Day Location:

Conway Hall
25 Red Lion Square

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Each Study Day is is made up of a morning and an afternoon session. There will short refreshments breaks throughout the day between lectures. Study Notes and suggestions for further reading will be provided.

Art Pursuits Abroad Art History Study Days are generally held at the Art Workers Guild, 6 Queen Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AT. The nearest tube station is Russell Square. We know that the chairs, whilst beautifully designed, are not the most comfortable, so do bring a cushion for padding.

Numbers are normally limited to a maximum of 70 participants or less per Study Day to ensure a personal atmosphere conducive to interactive learning with pleasure. Bookings are non-refundable, though you may transfer your booking to another participant.

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You can book on-line or ring us on 01280 820521 (we can take a card payment over the phone) or write to us - see our address details below.

Once booked, we will then send you confirmation of your Study Day place(s), a map of how to find us, and suggestions for preparatory reading should you wish to do any. Booking payments are non-refundable, though you may transfer your booking to another participant.

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