Monet and Matisse: Visions of the Ideal

Jun. 1(Mon), 2020 - Nov. 3(Tue) *Temporary closure on September 1-3, 2020

In a social environment characterized by rapid modernization and the repeated wars of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, there emerged in literature and art a yearning for “somewhere away from here.” In particular, the artists Claude Monet (1840–1926) and Henri Matisse (1869–1954) both created their own private worlds, or “artificial paradises,” at their residences: the one by designing and building a garden, the other by personally arranging a distinctive indoor space. In this respect they have a deep affinity.
In the late nineteenth century, Monet left the modernizing city of Paris for the rural town of Giverny, his last abode. At his Giverny property, he laid out a garden, including a pond, and in this ideal setting spent day after day producing a series of works depicting water lilies. Similarly, Matisse, having settled down in the South of France, painted and decorated his room in a manner suggestive of a theater stage, freely matching textiles and furniture. The motif of the interior and the light of southern France adorned the painter’s studio as well as his compositions.
Monet’s garden and Matisse’s interior served, at the same time, both as important subjects for their paintings and places and environments in which to live and work. This exhibition investigates how the two artists created their “artificial paradises” and sublimated them into their art.

クロード・モネ《睡蓮の池》1899年_ポーラ美術館

Claude Monet, Water Lily Pond, 1899, Pola Museum of Art

h340アンリ・マティス《リュート》1943年_ポーラ美術館

Henri Matisse, The Lute, 1943, Pola Museum of Art

Claude Monet

クロード・モネ《ジヴェルニーの積みわら》1884年_ポーラ美術館254x206

Claude Monet, Haystacks at Giverny, 1884
Pola Museum of Art

h206クロード・モネ《ポール=ドモワの洞窟》茨城県近代美術館

Claude Monet, Cave at Port-Domois, 1886, The Museum of Modern Art, Ibaraki

h206クロード・モネ《睡蓮》アサヒビール大山崎山荘美術館s

Claude Monet, Water Lilies, 1907, Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Villa Museum of Art

Henri Matisse

h306アンリ・マティス《ミモザ》

Henri Matisse, Mimosa, 1949, Ikeda Museum of 20th Century Art

アンリ・マティス_鏡の前の青いドレス_1937.京都国立近代美術館230x306

Henri Matisse, Blue Dress Before a Mirror, 1937
The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto

h306アンリ・マティス《赤い室内の緑衣の女》

Henri Matisse, Young Girl in Green at Red Interior, 1947, Hiroshima Museum of Art