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Summer School 2021

Henri Matisse on the Côte D’Azur

Hilary Hope Guise, professor of art history, Florida State University, lecturer and artist

Matisse moved from the Northern darkness of Picardy to the bright light of the Côte d’Azur in 1917. He had led the Fauve Rebellion, shocked the salons of Paris with the brutality of his wild colour, attracted the friendship and patronage of the rich Stein family and fallen into a competition with Pablo Picasso. Now the dazzle of light from the Baie des Anges at Nice released Matisse into a world of colour and sensuality. With the struggle of his Fauve years in Paris behind him, Matisse went on to give the world joy through perfect colour and light during some of the darkest years of the twentieth century. He was a Northerner who found his spiritual home in the South, an atheist whose last achievement was the decoration of a Catholic chapel in Venice, and a master of colour.



  1. Matisse: ‘more dangerous than war’
  2. Matisse: an open window to the sea

This course will be offered on the Microsoft Teams platform. Participants will be sent a link.

Date: Monday 25 -Tuesday 26 January
Time: 1.00pm