The Barnes Foundation to Host Conference Honoring Matisse’s Legacy

n 1930, Barnes invited Matisse to paint a canvas triptych mural for three arches at the foundation’s home in Lower Merion. Photo via The Art Newspaper

According to a announcement in The Art Newspaper, the Barnes Foundation will host a conference this Fall to celebrate the life and works of Henri Matisse.

The event will take place from October 13-15 and will “bring scholars to Philadelphia to discuss the artist’s continuing legacy” through a series of panels and workshops.

The three-day event will feature guest speakers, Claudine Grammont and Helene Ivanoff, and open discussion on future projects involving Matisse’s masterpieces and history.

The Barnes’ deputy director, Sylvie Patry, enjoys watching scholars “find new ways to look at [Matisse’s] work.”

The Barnes Foundation’s interest in Matisse dates back to 1912, when Barnes’ founder Albert Barnes purchased two paintings by the artist, The Sea Seen from Collioure (1906) and Dishes and Melon (1906-1907).

In 1930 Matisse painted “a canvas triptych mural for the three arches at the foundation’s home outside Philadelphia in Lower Merion, [PA].”

Art historian, Yve-Alain Bois will deliver the keynote lecture. According to Bois, the Barnes’ commission brought Matisse out of an artistic slump and rejuvenated his youthful spirit.

“The conference follows a publication detailing the museum’s collection of [Matisse’s] work and Albert Barnes early support of the artist.”

Click here to read the full announcement in The Art Newspaper.

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