“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.