London, Royal Academy of Arts


The art dealer Aimé Maeght from Saint-Paul-de Vence in southeastern France played a highly influential role in twentieth-century art. He and his wife Marguerite opened Galerie Maeght in post-war Paris at the end of 1945 with an inaugural exhibition presenting Matisse's drawings. Two years later, it held "Surréalisme en 1947", an exhibition organized by André Breton and Marcel Duchamp. It also held shows on numerous artists, especially focusing on Miró, Calder, Giacometti and Braque. This exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts features over 140 paintings, sculptures, ceramics, prints and artists' books by these four artists and some works by Matisse and Bonnard.

In the first of the three rooms are works by Matisse and Bonnard, including Matisse's portrait of Marguerite Maeght and Bonnard's sketches of the Maeght children. The second room juxtaposes Miró and Calder, fantastically capturing the affinity between them. The two artists were great friends and shared an exuberant, colorful and playful approach to art – as seen through Miró's paintings and Calder's sculptures. The third room juxtaposes the profoundly sensitive work by Giacometti with Braque's paintings. Masterpieces in this room include Giacometti's solitary sculptural figures "Walking Man", "Spoon Woman" and "Standing Woman" that resonate with the mood in Braque's late canvases. We also get to watch short videos on the artists working.

October 4, 2008, through January 2, 2009
Burlington House
Piccadilly
London W1J OBD
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