$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 28, 2021 at 10:00 am EST
  • Thursday, June 17, 2021 at 2:00 pm EST

Long studio sessions with Matisse often resulted in portraits that did not please their subjects. For the artist, portraits were an intense site of contestation between physical resemblance and what Matisse understood to be the more lasting, essential character of the person he was portraying. You will see how his efforts to reveal the inner identity of his sitters were directly inspired by masks from Africa and other non-Western traditions. We will focus on his painted and sculpted portraits from the teens, which are also some of Matisse’s most radically abstract works.

You will:

  • Understand the ideas informing some of Matisse’s most iconic portraits
  • Learn how representing the character of a human face was an especially rich challenge for Matisse.
  • See the actual objects in Matisse’s studio that provided inspiration to push against the limits of likeness.

Your educator Ellen McBreen, PhD, is 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 and Chair, History of Art, Wheaton College, founder of Muse Education Group founder, and member of the Educational Advisory Board for Muse+Connect. 

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

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

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