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Pierre Henri Matisse: Stories of Creativity


Pierre Henri Matisse,  Circle of Love  (detail), 2012, Cut paper, Courtesy of the artist.

Pierre Henri Matisse, Circle of Love (detail), 2012, Cut paper, Courtesy of the artist.

Like his renowned grandfather Henri before him, Pierre Henri Matisse has made art — and creativity — his life’s passion. Now 91 years old, the French-born Pierre, who resides today in Florida, brings his adventurous and innovative work to the Polk Museum for the first time. Ever the experimental artist, Pierre has never settled on one style alone, although his unique voice and whimsical nature shine forth in each and every piece he creates. This exhibition puts a spotlight on the artist’s narrative works and series, including his Genesis suite. Especially in his use of paper cuts as a medium of choice, visitors will see how Pierre and his art were inspired deeply by his grandfather and his legacy. One half of a two-site set of Pierre Henri Matisse exhibitions, this original Polk Museum show coincides with an exhibition of the artist’s work in wide-ranging media at the nearby Melvin and Burks Galleries on the Florida Southern College campus.