The exhibition was organized by the Dallas Museum of Art. Air transportation provided by American Airlines.
Dallas Museum of Art
"Ivy in Flower," one of Henri Matisse's final and most magisterial works ofart, fired the artist's imagination from its conception in the fall of 1952. â01CIalmost have to tie myself hand and foot to prevent myself from startingwork at once,â01D he wrote to his son Pierre. By early 1954, though, hisfeelings about the commission for a stained-glass window to decoratethe mausoleum of American businessman Albert Lasker had undergonea dramatic change: â01CIt is a miserable business that I should be treatedlike this at my age, and with all my past work to speak for me.â01D Whatwas the origin of this singular project? And how did it bring the artist tosuch an impasse? This exhibition tells the story of how, after theapparent failure of the "Ivy in Flower" project, the workâ014a cutout, orcollage of painted paperâ014became what neither Matisse nor his patronanticipated, one of the most beloved masterpieces in the collection ofthe Dallas Museum of Art.
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