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Matisse's Safrano Roses at the Window (1925). ©Succession H. Matisse/DACS 2017

Matisse in the Studio

Royal Academy, 5th August to 12th November

Matisse’s revolutionary art was inspired by his most intimate surroundings. He kept objects—souvenirs of travels to North Africa or Tahiti; a Roman torso; a pewter jug; a statue of the Thai goddess Nang Thorani; kuba textiles from Africa. These objects find their way time and again into his paintings, each time differently transfigured. For this exhibition, around 35 objects will be displayed alongside 65 of Matisse’s paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints and…

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