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13 October 2017Matisse in the Studio at the Royal Academy, Piccadilly
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Matisse in the Studio at the Royal Academy, Piccadilly
Friday 13 October 2017

Friday 13th October

Matisse collected items from around the world, many of which make a number of appearances in his paintings and drawings over the decades.  Buddhist statuary from Thailand, Bamana figures from Mali and furniture and textiles from North Africa. These objects influenced him beyond the limits of Western Art.  His studio in Nice was adorned with items from the Islamic world creating sensuous scenes. Later in his career he sought to invent a simplified language of signs using the precision of Chinese calligraphy and African textiles.

The exhibition offers a glimpse into the artist's personal collection as well as the paintings, sculptures and drawings it inspired. The exhibition list is not finalised yet but there will be approximately:-

25 works on paper (prints and drawings)
32 paintings (including cutouts)
43 objects (including sculptures).

Departure will be at 8.30am from Secretts Farm Shop Car Park to arrive at the RA approx. 10.15am. As catering for coffee at the lecture is not available this arrival time gives an opportunity for everyone to take coffee at the Hugh Casson Room, the Shenkmens Bar or alternatively at one of the numerous coffee houses on Piccadilly. The lecture will begin at 11am and last approx 45 minutes.  I have yet to be advised of the room or lecturer but will be nearer the time. After the lecture there will be timed entries to the exhibition in the Sackler Wing at 12.15-12.45pm and 12.45-1.15pm. Our group will split into two sets of 15 for ease of access. Lunch, not included, can be taken either before or after viewing the exhibition. The coach will collect us at 3.30pm arriving back at Milford at approx. 5.30pm.

PRICES - Cheques only, payable to Shalford DFAS.

£38.00 - includes coach travel, private lecture and entrance to the exhibtion.
£26.00 - RA members free entrance to the exhibition, coach travel and private lecture.