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Matisse and Rembrandt

Lady Lever snares two masters of art for duo of Wirral exhibitions

The Lady Lever Art Gallery has today announced that it will be opening an exhibition by one of the 20th century’s most influential artists, Henri Matisse (1869-1954).

Matisse: Drawing with Scissors will open in October 2019 and will feature 35 posthumous prints of the famous cut-outs that the artist produced in the last four years of his life, when confined to his bed, including many of his iconic images, such as The Snail and the Blue Nudes.

The exhibition will follow directly on from Rembrandt in Print (1 June to 15 September 2019), an exhibition of around 50 outstanding prints from the Ashmolean Museum, which have never been displayed together.

Sandra Penketh, Director of Art Galleries, National Museums Liverpool, said:

“These are two very different artists but what they have in common is their great renown and enormous influence. We’re very excited to be bringing two world-famous artists to our visitors, back-to-back, during the Wirral Borough of Culture Year.

“We are proud to announce today that Matisse: Drawing with Scissors is coming to Wirral for the first time in over ten years. The exhibition will include many of the artist’s iconic images, such as The Snail and the Blue Nudes.

“We will also be the first gallery to display Rembrandt in Print, in the year which also marks 350 years since Rembrandt’s death”.

Rembrandt in Print
(1 June to 15 September 2019)

Rembrandt in Print is an exhibition of around 50 outstanding prints from the Ashmolean Museum, displayed together for the first time to mark 350 years since Rembrandt’s death.

This exhibition will present Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn (1606-1669) as an unrivalled storyteller through a selection of printworks dating from 1630 to the late 1650s. Widely hailed as the greatest painter of the Dutch Golden Age, he was also one of the most innovative and experimental printmakers of the 17th century, and the works displayed at the Lady Lever will cover a varied selection of subjects, including intense self-portraits, atmospheric landscapes, intimate family portraits, biblical stories and confronting nude studies.

The exhibition is organised by the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford, which holds a world class collection of over 200 Rembrandt prints. www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/rembrandt

Matisse: Drawing with Scissors
(25 October 2019 to March 2020)

Matisse: Drawing with Scissors is a Hayward Gallery Touring exhibition from Southbank Centre. The French painter, sculptor and designer, Henri Matisse (1869-1954) was one of the 20th century’s most influential artists. His vibrant works are celebrated for their extraordinary richness and luminosity of colour and his spectacular paper cut-outs were his final triumph.

The exhibition will feature 35 posthumous prints of the famous cut-outs that the artist produced in the last four years of his life, when confined to his bed. It includes many of his iconic images, such as The Snail and the Blue Nudes. www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/matisse

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