A Younger Matisse at the Met, 1869-1906 with Michael Norris on Zoom
Thursday, September 30th at 7:00 pm. Henri Emile Benoît Matisse (1869-1954), an artist famed for his original use of line and color, compared his artistic development to the growth of a seed. We will trace that growth in Matisse’s life story until his mid-thirties, especially through art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He came by the seed metaphor naturally, he was the son of a seed merchant in a northern French town. Despite his conservative appearance and work habits, Matisse continually absorbed new ideas as he worked in Paris and the South of France. We will leave Matisse as he becomes a leader of the “Fauves” or “Wild Beasts” (whose paintings expressed emotion in wild, often dissonant colors), wishing him well for the remaining 48 years of his career.
Mike got his BA in classics from the University of California at San Diego and his MA in classics and Ph.D. in art history at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He spent twenty years at the Cloisters Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and has lectured all over the world. He lives in Teaneck, New Jersey.