Matisse and Friends
Selected Masterworks from the National Gallery of Art
Matisse and Friends: Selected Masterworks from the National Gallery of Art showcases 14 paintings from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., by artists Henri Matisse, André Derain, Albert Marquet, Maurice de Vlaminck, Raoul Dufy, Georges Braque, and Kees van Dongen.
These artists shocked the art world with their raw approach and triggered a succession of innovative movements in modern art. Working in and around Paris at the turn of the twentieth century, they were part of a creative community that sought to redefine painting, favoring an expressive style that emphasized loose brushwork and bold colors.
The exhibition's gallery setting draws inspiration from Matisse’s studio, employing vibrant walls, colorful rugs, and plush couches that encourage visitors to sit back and savor the details.
Matisse and Friends is organized by the Denver Art Museum. It is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and Humanities. It is presented with generous support from the Singer Family Foundation, the donors to the Annual Fund Leadership Campaign, and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). Promotional support is provided by 5280 Magazine, CBS4, and The Denver Post. Special thanks to Shaver-Ramsey and Denver Center Theatre Company.