"There is no black, there are only black matters." Jean Dubuffet.
In 1946, the Maeght Gallery held a groundbreaking exhibition in Paris entitled, "Le noir est une couleur," or "Black is a color." It was composed of new works by Bonnard, Matisse, Braque, Rouault and 21 other renowned artists celebrated for their inventive use of black. Often described as melancholic or pessimistic, it was Matisse himself who introduced modernity to the somber pigment. Sixty years later, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Aimé Maeght (curator and founder of the Maeght Gallery) the Fondation Maeght in St. Paul de Vence, pays homage to the artists who participated in the original exhibition by displaying their works alongside a host of younger artists with noir-ish tendencies. While the use of black is the common thread that links this disparate bunch, the texture, form and context of the color manifest differently throughout the show and helps underscore the evolution of art throughout the last century. Some of the celebrated works on display include Lucio Fontana's 'L'oeuf' of 1963, and Joan Miró's 'Femme devant l'étoile filante III' from 1974.