The Nude Abides: Matisse at the Art Institute

Looking to add a little culture to your life? “Matisse: Radical Invention, 1913-1917” is making it’s debut at the Art Institute of Chicago. Famous contemporary French oil painter, Henri Matisse’s works will be on display through June 20 in Chicago and then travel to the Museum of Modern Art in New York in July.

Matisse is recognized in modern art for being clearly ahead of his time in his progressive depictions of the nude form in the period of World War I and his unique take on colors and cubism. He often depicted themes of opportunity and invention, modernism and tradition, and restlessness and exploration in his work.

One of the highlights of the exhibition will be the well known painting, Bathers by a River. Also on display will be nearly 120 of Matisse’s most experimental paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints. There will be a special presentation of Matisse’s Civil Prisoners of Bohain-en-Vermandois, a series familiar to few and that is said to “demonstrate how the artist attempted to unite his art, life, and wartime concerns during these years.”

For more information on Matisse: Radical Invention, 1913-1917 visit the Art Institute of Chicago’s website.

The Art Institute of Chicago is located at 111 S. Michigan Ave.