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Weatherspoon Art Museum announces Matisse and the Decorative Impulse

Weatherspoon Art Museum at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro presents Matisse and the Decorative Impulse, an exhibition on view Apr 14, 2012 – Jul 8, 2012.

Louise August, “Europa and the Bull”, not dated, woodcut on paper, 12 ¼
x 16 7/8 in. Gift of the artist, 1964

Attracted to bold patterning throughout his career, Henri Matisse explored in both prints and paintings the decorative possibilities of simplified forms and areas of flat surface design mixed with volumetric representation. Matisse’s proliferation of patterning served to unify his compositions—and also inspired a succeeding generation of artists. Following the French master’s precedent, the artists featured in this exhibition likewise examine the possibilities of robust design and the restorative contemplation of beauty.

Weatherspoon Art Museum Greensboro, NC
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