Lecture: Matisse and His Models

Emily Talbot, Acting Chief Curator, Norton Simon Museum
Saturday, March 2, 2019

Working from a live model was a vital aspect of Henri Matisse’s artistic practice. He depended on the women who posed for him for creative inspiration, and several of them became trusted studio assistants and surrogate family members. This lecture focuses on three important women—the Italian known as Laurette, the former ballet dancer Henriette Darricarrère and the Russian Lydia Delectorskaya—to explore the ways that Matisse’s models facilitated the stylistic innovations for which he is best known.

Presented in conjunction with Matisse/Odalisque, on view through June 17, 2019.