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17th - 26th May 2018
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Festival Art Exhibitions - Matisse and Ronald Forbes

Festival Art Exhibitions - Matisse and Ronald Forbes

Sunday 29th May 2011

Perth Museum and Art Gallery, 00:00

This event was part of the 2011 Festival Programme.

Perth Museum & Art Gallery,
78 George Street, Perth, PH1 5LB
Monday – Saturday 10.00 – 17.00
Sunday 13.00 – 16.30

The French painter, sculptor and designer, Henri Matisse (1869-1954) was one of the
twentieth century’s most influential artists. His vibrant works are celebrated for their
extraordinary richness and luminosity of colour. This exhibition features 35 lithographic
reproductions of the famous cut-outs, produced in the last four years of his life, when the
artist was confined to his bed. It includes iconic images such as The Snail and Blue

Matisse continued creating highly original works well into his eighties. For his cut-outs he
used paper that had been hand-painted with gouache, laid down in abstract or figurative
patterns: ‘the paper cut-out allows me to draw in the colour…instead of drawing the
outline and putting the colour inside it….I draw straight on to the colour’.
The lithographic reproductions in this exhibition are taken from a special double issue of
Verve, a review of art and literature, published in 1958. The show gives a
brilliant overview of Matisse’s late work.

Ronald Forbes: The Nature of Things Paintings, digital collage and film works by Ronald Forbes who was Artist in Residence at the Scottish Crop Research Institute from 2006 to 2009.

This exhibition of colourful images is a result of Ronald Forbes’ residency at the
Scottish Crop Research Institute at Dundee. This fusion of art and science has resulted
in a vibrant body of work including paintings, digital collage and film work.
The exhibition looks at the way we see and understand the world. His work is informed
by dialogues with a wide range of specialists working in plant pathology, genetics,
health, nutrition and environmental studies. Forbes’ work explores themes such as
Adam & Eve, Persephone and Demeter and Hermes the messenger of the gods.
The images are highly stylised with figures in white lab coats populating idyllic
landscapes characterised by colourful spores and giant fruits. In contrast the film on
the life story of a rose with a soundtrack of the song My love is like a red, red rose is a
contemplative piece beginning with the first division of cells and culminating
in full bloom.


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