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Council Tour & Reception: Etched in Memory

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Join us for an in-depth discussion of Etched in Memory: Matisse’s Early Portraits featuring Katy Rothkopf, the Anne and Ben Cone Memorial Director of the Ruth R. Marder Center for Matisse Studies and Senior Curator of European Painting and Sculpture at the BMA, and Thomas Primeau, the Charles K. Williams II Senior Conservator of Works of Art on Paper at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Matisse’s experimentation with etching started during the tumultuous year in which World War I began, when the Matisse home served as a meeting point for friends, neighbors, and refugees. The artist had recently acquired a second-hand printing press that allowed him to practice his skills and create prints in quick succession. As a result, his etchings from this period often captured his subjects with the immediacy of snapshots. Featuring 14 of these prints, Etched in Memory highlights a new discovery about the French artist’s technique and features works that are rarely on view.

The event includes a reception on Gertrude’s terrace after the tour.


This exhibition is supported by the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation.

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