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Featuring paintings, works on paper, and sculpture, this exhibition traces the path of modernism from its inception in nineteenth century France through postwar and contemporary art, culminating in a selection of paintings completed in the past few years.

Selected Works

de Kooning

Willem de Kooning

Untitled IV, 1982

Oil on canvas

70 x 80 inches

© 2020 The Willem de Kooning Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Henri Matisse

Henri Matisse
Nature morte aux mimosas sur fond noir, 1944
Oil on canvas
21 1/2 x 29 inches (54.6 x 73.7 cm)

© 2020 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Pierre Bonnard

Pierre Bonnard

Painer d'oranges et roses, c. 1924

Oil on canvas

9 1/8 x 11 inches

© 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Andy Warhol Dolly Parton

Andy Warhol

Dolly Parton, 1985

Silkscreen inks and synthetic polymer paint on canvas in two panels

Each panel 42 x 42 inches

© 2020 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Gustave Caillebotte

Gustave Caillebotte

La Seine à Argenteuil, 1882

Oil on canvas

23 3/4 x 29 inches

Video

Gallery Director Philippe de Montebello discusses Henri Matisse's Nature morte aux mimosas sur fond noir, 1944.

Press Release

Acquavella Galleries is pleased to present Masterworks: From Cézanne to Thiebaud, a group exhibition on display in Palm Beach opening in November 2020.

On view will be works by Pierre Bonnard, Gustave Caillebotte, Willem de Kooning, Richard Diebenkorn, Jacob El Hanani, Max Ernst, Paul Gauguin, Keith Haring, Ellsworth Kelly, Henri Matisse, Joan Miró, Pablo Picasso, Camille Pissarro, Jackson Pollock, Richard Prince, James Rosenquist, Ed Ruscha, Wayne Thiebaud, Bradley Walker Tomlin, Andy Warhol and Tom Wesselmann in a variety of mediums. Though the exhibition spans multiple generations and movements, the artists included share a mastery of both space and color. 

A highlight from Masterworks: From Cézanne to Thiebaud is Henri Matisse’s 1944 work Nature morte aux mimosas sur fond noir. Matisse’s use of the color black was integral to his mastery of color. It was after his early Fauve works, which were characterized by an overall use of riotous color, that Matisse began “to use pure black as a color of light and not a color of darkness,” as he later recalled. He embraced black as a means to accent and highlight passages color and add a sense of boldness and intensity to his work. Instead of creating a void or sense of darkness, Matisse’s skillful use of black enabled his colors to shine.

Matisse

Henri Matisse
Nature morte aux mimosas sur fond noir, 1944
Oil on canvas
21 1/2 x 29 inches (54.6 x 73.7 cm)

© 2020 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Caillebotte

Gustave Caillebotte
La Seine à Argenteuil, 1882
Oil on canvas
23 3/4 x 29 inches (60.3 x 73.7 cm)

Nature morte aux mimosas sur fond noir’s two-dimensionality provides a tension between the bright colors and the darker ones, which imbues the still life with intensity and emotional impact. This impact is felt throughout the exhibition, including the 1882 Gustave Caillebotte seascape La Seine à Argenteuil. Though more subtle than Matisse’s use of black, Caillebotte’s oeuvre across a relatively brief 22-year-long career would employ color and truncated perspective - an approach learned from his study of Japanese Edo-period woodblock prints - to create works that strike a balance between realism and the Impressionism he is commonly associated with.

An avid yachtsman himself, Caillebotte’s La Seine à Argenteuil depicts two sailboats bobbing in the Seine along Argenteuil, a favored setting among many of the key Impressionist painters. Yet the true subject of the painting is not the boats themselves, but the play of light on water contrasted against a sudden foreshortening where the two boats meet. The effect draws the viewer into a portal of dazzling yellows and reds within its quietly rendered sky and riverbank. 

Masterworks from Cézanne to Thiebaud is open to the public Monday-Saturday, from 11 am to 6 pm, and Sunday from 12 pm to 5 pm.

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Media Contacts

MEDIA CONTACTS

David Simantov
Blue Medium, Inc, 
Tel: +1-212-675-1800, 
david@bluemedium.com

Emily Crowley 
Acquavella Galleries, 
Tel: +1-212-734-6300, 
emily@acquavellagalleries.com