Matisse: The Red Studio


Published in conjunction with an ambitious dossier exhibition, presented at MoMA and the Statens Museum for Kunst in 2022 and 2023, on Henri Matisse’s The Red Studio from 1911, the catalogue tells the “biography” of the painting. Alongside work by Matisse and other artists, the publication will include a selection of archival materials such as photographs, catalogues, letters, and press clippings.

This book is not yet published, but will be available from July 2022.

ISBN: 9781633451322 Category:

Ann Temkin, Dorthe Aagesen


In 2022, The Museum of Modern Art and the Statens Museum for Kunst will present an ambitious dossier exhibition focusing on Henri Matisse’s Red Studio from 1911. The large painting depicts the artist’s work environment in Issy-les-Moulineaux, crowded with his own canvases, sculptures, furniture and decorative objects. Matisse’s radical decision to saturate the work’s surface with red has continued to fascinate generations of scholars and artists. Yet much remains to be explored in terms of the painting’s genesis and history. This show presents a unique opportunity to assess Matisse’s painting anew. The first gallery of the exhibition will reunite The Red Studio – in MoMA’s collection since 1949 – with the works depicted in it (three of them belong to the Statens Museum for Kunst). Ranging from 1898 to 1911, they span the artist’s career up to that date and combine both familiar and lesser-known pieces. The second gallery of the exhibition will retrace the painting’s complex history, from the artist’s studio in the Parisian suburb to its subsequent international travels and reception. We will explore, for example, how The Red Studio was originally conceived for the Muscovite collector Sergei Shchukin; how it was later included in the famous 1913 Armory Show; how it was on display for fifteen years on the walls of a London social club; and its eventual acquisition by MoMA. A rich selection of archival materials such as photographs, catalogues, letters, and press clippings will join artworks by Matisse and others on display.

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 23 x 27 cm
Publisher name The Museum of Modern Art
Publication date 12 July 2022
Number of pages 224
Format Hardback
Dimensions 23 x 27 cm
Weight 300 g


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Ann Temkin is The Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Chief Curator of Painting and Sculpture at MoMA

Dorthe Aagesen is Chief Curator and Senior Researcher at Statens Museums for Kunst