$35 USD per device. This program is 60 mins, including time to ask questions and exchange ideas. Suitable for all ages, no background required.

  • Friday, May 14, 2021 at 10:00 am EST
  • Thursday, June 10, 2021 at 2:00 pm EST

Beginning in 1906, Matisse used two specific sources in the studio: photography and African sculpture. You will see how Matisse combined these different approaches to representing the human body to create his own abstract but sensual nudes. Learn about some of the foundational lessons Matisse drew from the West and Central African figural sculpture he was also collecting at the time. You may be surprised to see the truly global sources that inspired this very French modernist.

You will:

  • Learn about the models Matisse used for a series of experimental nudes painted and sculpted between 1906-1909.
  • See the global origins for the abstract ideas that inspired the European avant-garde.
  • Understand why and how Matisse began collecting African figural sculpture.

Your educator is Ellen McBreen, PhD, an internationally recognized Matisse expert, and co-curator of the “Matisse in the  Studio” exhibition, MFA Boston and Royal Academy London, 2017. She is Associate Professor, Chair, History of Art, Wheaton College, Muse Education Group founder, and serves on the Educational Advisory Board for Muse+Connect. 

You can also sign up for our series Inside Matisse’s Studio.

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Your instructor Ellen McBreen; cover of her 2017 book, Matisse’s Sculpture: The Pinup and the Primitive.

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