Matisse/Diebenkorn

At the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art through May 29

Above from left to right: Seated Woman, (1967) by Richard Diebenkorn,; oil on canvas; collection of Gretchen and John Berggruen, San Francisco; © the Richard Diebenkorn Foundation & Femme au chapeau (Woman with a Hat), (1905) by Henri Matisse; oil on canvas; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, bequest of Elise S. Haas; © Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

    BY: PROVOKR Staff

    Thursday, April 6, 2017

Presenting a new view of two of the twentieth century’s most extraordinary painters, Matisse/Diebenkorn is the first major exhibition to explore the profound inspiration Richard Diebenkorn found in the work of Henri Matisse. It brings together one hundred extraordinary paintings and drawings—forty by Matisse and sixty by Diebenkorn—that reveal the connections between the two artists in subject, style, color, and technique.

The exhibition unfolds across the arc of Diebenkorn’s career—from early abstractions, through his Bay Area figurative years, to his majestic Ocean Park series—all in direct dialogue with works that he knew and admired by Matisse. Diebenkorn grew up in San Francisco, and first discovered Matisse as a Stanford University art student in the early 1940s. Over the next four decades, he pursued a serious study of the great French modernist’s work, drawing from his example to forge a style entirely his own.

Matisse/Diebenkorn is on view at the San Francisco Museum of Art through May 29. You can enjoy a few highlights from the show, above and below.

 

Henri Matisse, Studio, Quai Saint-Michel, 1916; oil on canvas; The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.; © Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
Studio, Quai Saint-Michel, (1916) by Henri Matisse; oil on canvas; The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.; © Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

 

Henri Matisse, The Blue Window, 1913; oil on canvas; the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Fund; © Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
The Blue Window, (1913) by Henri Matisse; oil on canvas; the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Fund; © Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

 

Henri Matisse, Notre Dame, A Late Afternoon, 1902; oil on paper mounted on canvas; Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, gift of Seymour H. Knox, Jr; © Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
Notre Dame, A Late Afternoon, (1902) by Henri Matisse; oil on paper mounted on canvas; Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; © Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

 

Henri Matisse, Goldfish and Palette, 1914; oil on canvas; the Museum of Modern Art, New York, gift and bequest of Florene M. Schoenborn and Samuel A. Marx; © Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
Goldfish and Palette, (1914) by Henri Matisse; oil on canvas; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; © Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

 

Henri Matisse, View of Notre Dame, 1914; oil on canvas; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; © Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
View of Notre Dame, (1914) by Henri Matisse; oil on canvas; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; © Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society(ARS), New York.

 

7. Henri Matisse, Interior at Nice, 1919; oil on canvas; the Art Institute of Chicago; © Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
Interior at Nice, (1919) by Henri Matisse; oil on canvas; the Art Institute of Chicago; © Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

 

Richard Diebenkorn, Urbana #5 (Beach Town), 1953; oil on canvas; collection of Joann K. Phillips; © the Richard Diebenkorn Foundation.
Urbana #5 (Beach Town), (1953) by Richard Diebenkorn; oil on canvas; collection of Joann K. Phillips; © the Richard Diebenkorn Foundation.

 

Richard Diebenkorn, Urbana #6, 1953; oil on canvas; Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, museum purchase, Sid W. Richardson Foundation Endowment Fund; © the Richard Diebenkorn Foundation.
Urbana #6, (1953) by Richard Diebenkorn; oil on canvas; Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth; © the Richard Diebenkorn Foundation.

 

Richard Diebenkorn, Ingleside, 1963; oil on canvas; Grand Rapids Art Museum; © the Richard Diebenkorn Foundation.
Ingleside, (1963) by Richard Diebenkorn; oil on canvas; Grand Rapids Art Museum; © the Richard Diebenkorn Foundation.

 

Richard Diebenkorn, Untitled, 1964; graphite and ink on paper; Collection of Leslie A. Feely, New York; © the Richard Diebenkorn Foundation.
Untitled, (1964) by Richard Diebenkorn; graphite and ink on paper; Collection of Leslie A. Feely, New York; © the Richard Diebenkorn Foundation.

 

 Richard Diebenkorn, Seated Figure with Hat, 1967; oil on canvas; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; © the Richard Diebenkorn Foundation
Seated Figure with Hat, (1967) by Richard Diebenkorn; oil on canvas; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; © the Richard Diebenkorn Foundation

 

Richard Diebenkorn, Window, 1967; oil on canvas; Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University; © the Richard Diebenkorn Foundation.
Window, (1967) by Richard Diebenkorn; oil on canvas; Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University; © the Richard Diebenkorn Foundation.

 

Richard Diebenkorn, Ocean Park #79, 1975; oil on canvas; Philadelphia Museum of Art; © the Richard Diebenkorn Foundation.
Ocean Park #79, (1975) by Richard Diebenkorn; oil on canvas; Philadelphia Museum of Art; © the Richard Diebenkorn Foundation.

 

6. Richard Diebenkorn, Woman on a Porch, 1958; oil on canvas; New Orleans Museum of Art; © The Richard Diebenkorn Foundation.
Woman on a Porch, (1958) by Richard Diebenkorn; oil on canvas; New Orleans Museum of Art; © The Richard Diebenkorn Foundation.