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Matisse: The Cut-Outs

September 10 – October 24, 1977
Ground Floor, Central Gallery, Galleries G-1, G-3 through G-8, 7th Street Lobby, Space 11, 33 (14,000 sq. ft.)

Installation view of Matisse: The Cut-Outs, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Gallery Archives


This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.

Overview: 57 works in cut paper by Henri Matisse included 5 acquired in 1973 for the opening of the Gallery's East Building. The exhibition was organized by Jack Cowart of the Saint Louis Art Museum and John Hallmark Neff of the Detroit Institute of Arts. This was the first major exhibition of Matisse's late decoupages and included designs for stained glass windows, ceramic tile murals, book illustrations, church vestments, and other textiles.

Organization: Gaillard Ravenel and Mark Leithauser designed the exhibition and Gordon Anson designed the lighting for the National Gallery. The project was supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts; the National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities; the Arts and Artifacts Indemnity Act; the Missouri Arts Council; and the Michigan Council for the Arts.

Attendance: 154,058

Catalog: Henri Matisse, Paper Cut-Outs, by Jack Cowart, Jack D. Flam, Dominique Fourcade, John Hallmark Neff. Saint Louis: Saint Louis Art Museum; Detroit: Detroit Institute of Arts, 1977.

Brochure: Matisse: The Cut-Outs. Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art, 1977.

Other Venues: Detroit Institute of Arts, November 23, 1977–January 8, 1978
Saint Louis Art Museum, January 29–March 12, 1978

Matisse, Henri
French, 1869 - 1954
French Prints by Twentieth-Century Masters
September 11 – November 20, 1977