SFMOMA's 'Matisse/Diebenkorn' Tells Story of Study and Inspiration

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Henri Matisse's "Femme au Chapeau" and RIchard Diebenkorn's "Seated Figure with Hat." (Images: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art)

A new exhibit at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art explores the relationship between two artists who never met: the Bay Area figurative artist Richard Diebenkorn and the French postimpressionist Henri Matisse. Although Diebenkorn was born 50 years after Matisse, he had an enduring fascination with the older painter. Diebenkorn incorporated Matisse’s techniques, style and use of color into his paintings, and often traveled as far as St. Petersburg and Paris to view Matisse’s work. SFMOMA curator Janet Bishop joins us to talk about these two artists and how, side-by-side, their work tells a story of study and inspiration.

More Information on "Matisse/Diebenkorn" at SFMOMA

Some Paintings in the Exhibit


Janet Bishop, curator of painting and sculpture, SF MOMA

Daisy Murray Holman, head of archives, Richard Diebenkorn Foundation