| Nov 27, 2012 |
Farrow & Ball adorns walls of the Met for Matisse exhibition
Boh staff
By Staff

This December, Farrow & Ball will be making its mark at the Metropolitan Museum of Art—on the walls of the Matisse: In Search of True Painting exhibition, opening Tuesday, December 4.

“Matisse let color be the driving force behind his work, a concept that Farrow & Ball implements in everything we do,” said Sarah Cole, Marketing Director at Farrow & Ball.

The bespoke paint and wallpaper company has provided  45 rolls of their bold blue Dragged Papers DR1275 and 115 gallons of paint such as Drawing Room Blue 253, Skimming Stone 241, Light Gray 17, Elephant’s Breath 229, Charleston Gray 243 and Dove Tale 267.

The exhibition will present this particular aspect of Matisse’s painting process by showcasing 49 vibrantly-colored canvases.  For Matisse, the process of creation was not simply a means to an end but a dimension of his art that was as important as the finished canvas.

Unbeknownst to many, painting had rarely come easily to Matisse. Throughout his career, he questioned, repainted, and reevaluated his work.  He used his completed canvases as tools, repeating compositions in order to compare effects, gauge his progress, and, as he put it, “push further and deeper into true painting.” 

The exhibition will be on view beginning December 4 through March 17, 2013. A variety of programs will be offered in conjunction with the exhibition including a Sunday at the Met on February 3, and multiple exhibition tours.

Want to stay informed? Sign up for our newsletter, which recaps the week’s stories, and get in-depth industry news and analysis each quarter by subscribing to our print magazine. Join BOH Insider for discounts, workshops and access to special events such as the Future of Home conference.