Henri Matisse: A Celebration of French Poets & Poetry

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Henri Matisse, Oglethorpe University Museum of ArtATLANTA, GA — “I don’t distinguish between the making of a book and a painting,” Henri Matisse once said. A new exhibit in Atlanta showcases works from two of the many illustrated books known as “livre d’artistes” (artist’s books), produced by the artist during his lifetime.

Oglethorpe University Museum of Art (OUMA) presents the first-ever North American exhibition tour of the Albert Skira Collection of Henri Matisse’s lithographs for his 1948 series Florilége des Amours de Ronsard, and his 1930-32 series of etchings of Stéphane Mallarmé’s Poésies. Florilège des Amours illustrates the love poems of 16th century French Renaissance poet Pierre de Ronsard; while Poésies illustrates selected mythologically inspired poems of 19th century French poet Stéphane Mallarmé.

On view through May 9, 2010, Henri Matisse: A Celebration of French Poets & Poetry focuses on Matisse’s love and devotion to books and poetry celebrating the works of two of France’s most revered poets from the Renaissance period to modern times. The exhibit includes 47 lithographs and 16 etchings.

For more information on this exhibit, please visit museum.oglethorpe.edu or visit Park West Gallery  at sales.parkwestgallery.com to view selections from our Matisse Collection online.


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