In Madrid, there was a rare opportunity to see the works of Henri Matisse from 1917 to 1941.

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One of my favorite artists of the 20th century Henri Matisse. This summer in Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid show his strangest and, in my opinion, most outstanding works – brought together from the most diverse collections of the world. That is, we have a rare opportunity to see all this together, at one exhibition.

We are talking about the second (out of three conditionally identified by art historians) period of creativity of the great French artist – the period from 1917 to 1941. For Matisse it was a transitional time: on the one hand, the 20s were marked by public recognition of contemporary art, on the other hand, the economic crisis of the 29th, the Depression and the Second World War – things that then implicitly influenced every artist, including Matisse.

After World War I artist moved from Paris to Nice. In his works, breadth, freedom, sensuality, relaxation appear (while before that he was prone to greater intimacy and closeness). Luxurious women in luxurious interiors, European notes in an oriental way, the sea outside the windows, beautiful dresses, the loneliness of satiety, the beauty and bitterness of the sweet life. As a result, by 1927 Matisse in general, he almost stops writing, and, perhaps, we would never have seen any of his works if it were not for the order of the American collector Elbert Barnes: this patron ordered a wall decoration for his private museum. Since 1934 Matisse again returns to his former intimate manner, but in a completely new quality: he seems to push the boundaries of the paintings, the forms go into the space beyond the frame.

interior with a violin case, 1934

This whole period of creativity Henri Matissewhich I just sketched here with a dotted line, and is presented at the exhibition in Madridin Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, which will last until September 20. I will certainly go there and recommend it.

odalisque with a Turkish chair, 1927-28

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