Henri Matisse at the Monterey Museum of Art

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The Monterey Museum of Art presents Henri Matisse: Improvisation, an exhibition featuring twenty prints by one the most important artists of the 20th century, the legendary Henri Matisse.

These beautiful works, all made between 1943 and 1944 are inspired by circus, music hall, and folklore. They interestingly contrast with the darkness of these years. These pieces, all extracts from the “Jazz Portfolio”, are shown in this exhibition alongside twenty pages of Matisse’s hand-written texts and poems.

Image: Henri Matisse, The Sword Swallower from the Jazz portfolio, 1943-44© 2013 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.