Matisse in the Studio, The Sackler Wing, Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1, until 12th November 2017
I am grateful to John Kirkwood to visiting and writing about this exhibition:
It isn’t often that one can visit an exhibition of works by a master such as Matisse and also see the subjects of the work on view alongside them as well. This exhibition brings together 35 objects alongside 65 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints and cut-outs and it is startling to see the very objects represented, as Tommy Cooper might have said ‘before your very eyes!’
This is the first exhibition to show that such treasures as are on display were often both the inspiration and the subject matter for the work and we must be grateful for their survival. Some of the objects are represented as you will see them but others get an interpretation from Matisse which shows his imagination and skill in transforming them into works of art. Altogether a fascinating visit to his studio.