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‘Matisse in the Studio’: the nude

Weekend-long practical course

Short course

● Fully booked

  • 11 November 2017, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 12 November 2017, 10.30am — 5.30pm
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Join artist Adele Wagstaff for an intensive practical course focusing on drawing and painting the nude, exploring the relationship between artist and model, inspired by the ‘Matisse in the Studio’ exhibition.

“My line drawing is the purest and most direct translation of my emotion. The simplification of the medium allows that… the drawings are always preceded by studies made in a less rigorous medium than pure line, such as charcoal or stump drawing, which enables me to consider simultaneously the character of the model, the human expression, the quality of the surrounding light, atmosphere and all that can only be expressed by drawing.”
Notes of a Painter on his Drawing, Henri Matisse, 1939

Matisse collected objects from around the world; Buddhist statuary from Thailand, Bamana figures from Mali, furniture and textiles from North Africa. The objects collected provided Matisse with influences from beyond the limits of Western art. For example, African sculpture and masks were a revelation, suggesting more expressive models for depicting the human figure and face. The impact of African art on Matisse’s work in particular can be seen in his ground-breaking representations of the female nude in drawings, prints, paintings and sculpture. After c.1906, when Matisse started to acquire his own diverse collection of statues and masks from Africa, he began to radically change the composition and handling of the figures in his art, searching for a means of depicting the nude with what he believed to be greater meaning and authenticity. The results of this period and his relationship with both the objects and models in his studio resulted in some of the most intimate and expressive works of the period. Influenced by the objects and their setting, Matisse experimented with layers within a composition and how to extend the pictorial space.

Drawing inspiration from the Matisse in the Studio exhibition, and from Matisse’s extensive practice history of drawing and painting from the nude in the studio, artist Adele Wagstaff will lead an intensive weekend-long course. The course will explore the structure of intimate spaces and poses against theatrical backdrops and interiors, set within the Royal Academy’s historic Life Room.

● Fully booked

● Cancelled

  • 11 November 2017, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 12 November 2017, 10.30am — 5.30pm

The Life Room, RA Schools, Piccadilly

£420. Includes all materials, lunch and wine reception at the end of the second day.