Exhibition of works of Henri Matisse on display in Rome
An exhibition of the works by the great French modern artist Henri Matisse is currently on display in Rome, focusing in particular on how his work was inspired by Asian, African and Arabian art.
The exhibition, titled ‘Matisse Arabesque’, is taking place at the Scuderie del Quirinale, the former stables of Italy’s presidential palace, until June 21, and includes over a hundred of Matisse’s greatest paintings, with many of them on loan from museums and galleries across the world.
Examining how the works of the ‘Orient’ influenced his modern art, the exhibition highlights the prominence of the arabesque, intertwined flowing lines, in his work as well as tracking the exact origins of his inspirations. His works are presented alongside examples of the decorative arts that influenced him, such as African masks, wood carvings and textiles. Paintings included in the exhibition include Goldfish, Moorish Screen, and Moroccan Garden.
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