Henri Matisse. The Red Studio

Next autumn, SMK – The National Gallery of Denmark – will present a new exhibition on Henri Matisse. Born out of a collaboration with The Museum of Modern Art, the show brings together the artworks depicted in the painting The Red Studio for the first time in over 100 years.

In 1911, the French artist Henri Matisse (1869–1954) painted The Red Studio. Matisse is considered one of the great masters of twentieth-century art, and the painting is regarded as a key painting in Matisse’s oeuvre and a foundational work in the history of modern art. Owned by MoMa in New York, the picture is one of the museum’s most important works and a favourite with artists and audiences alike.

The large canvas depicts Matisse’s studio in the Parisian suburb of Issy-les-Moulineaux filled with his own paintings, sculptures, furniture and decorative objects. The most remarkable feature of The Red Studio is Matisse’s decision to saturate the painting’s surface with a monochrome red covering walls, floor and furniture of the interior – a radical move whose significance is still discussed today.

In the autumn of 2022, the painting will come to Copenhagen as part of an exhibition co-organised with MoMA. The exhibition will sensationally reunite The Red Studio with the artworks reproduced in it for the first time since they left the artist’s studio more than a hundred years ago.


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