Marking the 150th anniversary of the birth of Henri Matisse, this exhibition presents 20 of the master's etchings.
Matisse first made etchings around 1914/15 and there are several examples from that period in the exhibition. The sitter for one of those works recalled how the artist captured his likeness in just five minutes working straight on to the copper etching plate.
The larger part of the exhibition comes from the late 1920s when Matisse was intensely engaged in printmaking. Again, these were achieved by the artist working directly on the plate in front of his subject. The images reflect the themes of this period of his career: female nudes in interiors furnished with fabrics and objects from North Africa and a goldfish bowl.
The etchings are remarkable for the fact that they preserve the vivacity and clarity of Matisse's drawing, giving them an immediacy that is especially striking in dialogue with the etchings of Rembrandt – a selection of which will be on display in the exhibition Rembrandt in Print, running concurrently at the Holburne (4 Oct 2019 – 5 Jan 2020).