Drop-in Tour | “Vertigo of Color: Matisse, Derain, and the Origins of Fauvism”

Spring 2024

In the summer of 1905, Henri Matisse and André Derain embarked on a creative partnership that would change the course of French painting. They experimented with daring directions in energetic bursts of color, form, and structure that led to a boldly inventive artistic language known as Fauvism (from the French fauve, or “wild beast”). Vertigo of Color: Matisse, Derain, and the Origins of Fauvism features many of the most celebrated works of Fauvism. The exhibition presents, for the first time in the United States, the legacy of that legendary summer through paintings, drawings, and watercolors by the two artists, on loan from national and international museums and private collections.

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"Vertigo of Color: Matisse, Derain, and the Origins of Fauvism" is made possible in part by a grant from:

Lead Corporate Underwriter:

This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

Additional generous support is provided by:
Linnet F. Deily
Nancy Pollok Guinee
Carla Knobloch
Rand Group
Polly and Murry Bowden
Bettie Cartwright
Vivian L. Smith Foundation
Rosanette S. Cullen
Samuel F. Gorman


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