The exhibition became possible thanks to the assistance of the authorities, in particular the president of Italy Sergio Mattarella, who solemnly opened the exhibition.Flowers, plums, green backgroundHenri Matisse1948, 116 × 89 cm“Some of the paintings are exceptional in their artistic value, it was a great success to get them for the exhibition. Now, every visitor can enjoy the atmosphere of the East, which Matisse brought to Europe, ”- says Ester Cohen, curator of the exhibition.The corner of the artist's workshop, Anri Matisse1912, 191.5 × 114 cm “Jewels or arabesques never overload my drawings, they are part of my orchestration,” said Henri Matisse himself, and the exhibition organizers tried to carry this maxim through the whole exhibition.Piano lesson by Anri Matisse1923, 85 × 70 cmThe goal of the exhibition is to fully show the impact the Arab world had on the artist, and especially the oriental ornamental painting - arabesques. The return to the archaic motifs of the Arab world captured Matisse so much that he was inspired by almost everything: from patterns on door frames and carpets to decorative tiles and weapons. The exhibition organizers tried to convey the atmosphere of Morocco, and in the halls of the gallery vivid patterns adorn the exhibits specially brought from Japan and Uzbekistan: Moorish tiles, masks, clothes ...Cezanne traveled to Turkey, Persia, Morocco, Algeria, Egypt, and in every trip he visited various exhibitions devoted to Islamic art. A French artist always returned from his travels with full bags of exotic items that were distinguished by the vividness of the colors and the original ornament. Why all this ceramics and prayer rugs with patterns traditional for different regions? To the picture: Matisse painted marvelous patterns patterns in his paintings.Interior with phonograph by Henri Matisse1924, 70 × 62 cm ... The picture brought to Rome from the Philadelphia Museum of Art "Moorish Screen" is amazing: the magic of oriental motifs just fascinates the audience!One of the key moods in the Arabesque series is coziness and comfort in everything: from interior details to relaxed postures of models. Each work reveals the subtleties of the texture of the surrounding objects, especially the fabrics that the artist collected. The presented exposition does not just present the journey master to the audience, but brings it to another time and reality.Harmony in redAnri Matisse1908, 180 × 221 cmOne of the most famous paintings of the exhibition “Golden Fish” is provided by the Moscow Museum. A. S. Pushkin. It is believed that the local residents of the city of Tangier, who spent hours and hours admiring gold fish in big-bellied aquariums, inspired the writing of this painting by Matisse.Red fishesAnri Matisse1912, 147 × 98 cmThoughts Anri Matisse 1922, 44 × 52 cm. A separate theme of the exhibition is the famous paintings from the series Odalisque. Charming beauties “topless” in Matisse are the embodiment of not only exotic beauty, but also a bright image of a desired and luxurious woman.Sleeping Nude from the backAnri Matisse1927, 53 × 74 cm
“I need to write a woman's body: first I convey his grace, charm, but I must give something more. Finding the main lines of the body, I increase its significance. At first glance, the charm will be less pronounced, but still it will remain in this new image, more universal in meaning; and not being its main characteristic, the charm will remain an essential content in the general concept of my image. ” Henri Matisse "Notes painter." 1908
Henri Matisse "Nude in a chair", 1937.
The title picture of the article: Henri Matisse "Zora on the Terrace", 1913.