Morrice and Lyman in the Company of MatisseOctober 10, 2014 to January 4, 2015
Organized and circulated by the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, a government corporation funded by the Ministry of Culture and Communications of Québec. The Museum acknowledges the generous support of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the National Gallery of Canada.
Curated by Michèle Grandbois, Curator of Modern Art, Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec.
This exhibition examines the dialogue between two important Canadian artists, James Wilson Morrice (1865–1924) and John Lyman (1886–1967), and the French master, Henri Matisse (1869– 1954). The two Montreal artists crossed paths with Matisse in France and North Africa during the early twentieth century. These encounters proved to be decisive not only for the development of their respective pictorial expressions, but also for the entry of Canadian painting into modernity. The exhibit will feature portraits, nudes, Canadian landscapes, and scenes from Venice, North Africa, Northern France, the West Indies, and the Caribbean, which share an unmistakable quest for light and an exceptional mastery of colours. Visitors will be invited to embark on a sensuous adventure taking them through the origins of modern Canadian art.
With Financial Assistance from
James Wilson Morrice
1914, (Montréal, 1865 – Tunis, Tunisie, 1924) Marché aux fruits, Afrique du Nord (Tunis)
Huile sur toile
50 x 60 cm
Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal 1981.10