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Spotlight: Houston Museum of Fine Arts

Celebrate Leap Year with a day of art!

Thursday, February 29, 2024

Highlight: Vertigo of Color: Matisse, Derain, and the Origins of Fauvism

Complementing the MFA's impressive Beck Collection, this special exhibition is a collaboration between the Met and the MFA Houston, which includes international loans. It investigates the unique outcome of two artists' audacious 1905 summer and the Salon d'Automne exhibition that labeled them as Les Fauves, the "wild beasts" of modern painting.

And: Old Masters to Impressionism

a thoughtful exploration of the MFA" 's excellent permanent collection

As Matisse wrote, “My choice of colors does not rest on any scientific theory; it is based on observation, on feeling, on the experience of my sensibility.”

Karen expertly intertwined the museum's collection of Old Masters to Impressionism, seamlessly guiding us through the transition from classical to revolutionary styles. Delving into the vibrant style of Impressionism, she guided us into the bold spirit of Fauvism.

Our docents transported us back to the summer of 1905 when Henri Matisse and André Derain embarked on a creative partnership that would change the course of French painting. They experimented with daring directions in energetic bursts of color, form, and structure that led to a boldly inventive artistic language known as Fauvism, inviting us to see the world through a new lens. It was an exhilarating day!

Enjoy photos of our spectacular day...and a few of my favorite pieces!


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