Legacy: Matisse and Picasso – Saturday 29th March to Saturday 31st May 2014 – PREVIEW Friday 28th

Preview: Friday 28 March 2014, 6pm

Exhibition talk: Thursday 3 April 2014, 6pm

We are delighted to announce that our upcoming exhibition, beginning 29 March 2014, will present a rare collection of Matisse and Picasso lithographs from the 1950s, as produced by Parisian studio Mourlot Frères and instructed by the artists themselves.

Comprising the first part of this exhibition will be the bold and uplifting pictorial celebrations of life produced by Henri Matisse shortly before his passing. Printed as a part of Les Dernières Oeuvres de Matisse in 1958, these compositions are full of colour and laden with repeated motifs, having been conceived using his revered cut-out technique. Joining these works, and produced using the same lithographic press a short time afterwards, will be the sombre studio drawings of Pablo Picasso- an artist in mourning as he reflected upon Matisse’s eventual death. These interior studies, along with a striking set of Women of Algiers portraits, make up Picasso’s Le Carnet de la Californie series- originally published in 1959- in which Picasso paid tribute to the life and work of his deceased friend and well-respected fellow artist. The juxtaposition of these works at West Yorkshire Print Workshop hopes to not only illuminate the modern masters’ very distinct approaches to life and to loss, but also to catalyse a fascinating exploration of the long and powerful relationship that bound the two men together.

The opening of the exhibition will be celebrated on Friday 28 March in the presence of The Mayor and Mayoress of Kirklees, Cllr Martyn Bolt and Mrs Liz Bolt. Welcome drinks will be served from 6pm. Additionally, a talk about the lithographs and the history of their making will take place on Thursday 3 April. Dorrie King, the current owner of the collection, will be imparting her knowledge and discussing the extensive research she has conducted into the interconnecting artistic trajectories of Matisse and Picasso, offering great insight into the works on display.