5 January 2024


Zoom lecture

A Vertigo of Color

Matisse, Derain and the Origins of Fauvism

A lecture on the exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (until 21 January)

with Chris Boïcos

Over an intense nine weeks in the summer of 1905 in the modest fishing village of Collioure on the French Mediterranean, Henri Matisse and Andre Derain embarked on a partnership that led to a wholly new, radical artistic language later known as Fauvism. Their daring, energetic experiments with color, form, structure, and perspective changed the course of French painting; it marked an introduction to early modernism and introduced Matisse’s first important body of work in his long career. At the Salon d’Automne in 1905, when Matisse and Derain unveiled their controversial canvases, a prominent French journalist labeled them “les Fauves,” or wild beasts.


We will examine the sixty-five works on loan from international museums in the exhibition and trace the evolution in the two artist’s work leading up to their joint campaign of the summer of 1905 and also its aftermath, following their exhibition at the famous Salon d’automne of 1905.





You will receive the Zoom meeting details as soon as you register for the chosen lecture(s)