With only two days left in the extraordinary Matisse “Life in Color” exhibit, all lovers of textile and fashion should make a point to see the collection before it ends.
I’ve seen the exhibit four times now, and each time I find new details to feel inspired by. The dramatic juxtaposition of dress, décor, and form conveys Matisse’s reverence for pattern and drama to all who stroll through the galleries. Inadvertently, I’ve found myself gravitating to my most vibrant and flashy clothing as I dress for several days after each visit.
Matisse was born into a family of weavers and raised in a town focused on the textile industry. Through these experiences he developed a lasting appreciation for cloth and the beauty of the human figure draped in colorful materials. Throughout his career Matisse painted hundreds of models in ornate costumes and fashions, generally posing against an equally striking backdrop.
His innovative use of hues and shapes strikes an compelling balance between harmony and competition; a dynamic that will surely appeal to lovers of designers like Vivienne Westwood, Anna Sui, and Balenciaga.
The exhibit is almost entirely drawn from The Cone Collection of the Baltimore Museum of Art, and features almost an entire gallery filled with paintings of women clothed in the beautiful styles of the early and mid 1900s. The audio tour gives visitors a chance to learn more about Matisse, his art, and hear from local artists and IMA staff.
I highly recommend a trip to the IMA to see the collection. Hours are Friday 11am to 5pm, and Saturday 11:11am until midnight. Want to enjoy some music and socializing with your exhibit visit? Attend IMA’s new “Last Call” event starting at 8pm Saturday. It will afford you the chance to see the exhibit, bid it farewell, and enjoy a performance by New Orleans-based musician Leyla McCalla and DJ Kyle Long.