Matisse et Rouault

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アンリ・マティス《ラ・フランス》 1939年 公益財団法人ひろしま美術館
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ジョルジュ・ルオー《秋の夜景》 1952年 パナソニック 汐留ミュージアム
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マティスからルオーへの手紙 1946年11月4日 ジョルジュ・ルオー財団、パリ
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Although their styles and interests were quite different, both Henri Matisse and Georges Rouault – French painters active between the late 19th and the first half of the 20th century – were graduates of the same school: École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. After graduating from this prestigious institution, they started a letter correspondence which lasted over 50 years. Although the exchanging of letters between artists isn't uncommon (think of the correspondence between Van Gogh and his brother Theo), the notes penned by the French pair shine new light upon the history of modern art. At this Shiodome exhibition, you can take a look at part of Matisse and Rouault's letters, which are displayed alongside paintings that the duo were working on when they scribbled down the thoughts on show.

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