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‘My Working Library’: Henri Matisse and His Textile Collection

Hilary Suprling, co-curator of the Matisse Exhibition at the RA discusses the textiles that surrounded Matisse.

Textiles were a prime source of inspiration to Henri Matisse throughout his life and a key element in many of his paintings. Growing up in the textile town of Bohain in northern France, Matisse surrounded himself with fabrics from an early age and went on to build up a unique collection of textiles from traditional French fabrics to Persian carpets, African wall-hangings to Moroccan embroideries. Renowned Matisse biographer Hilary Spurling discusses the brilliant colour and innovative design of the textiles that surrounded Matisse from birth, and supplied him with an alternative visual language at important points in his career as a painter.


Hilary Spurling | talks


Date and Time:

15 April 2005 at 6:30 pm


1 hour



Geological Society Lecture Theatre
Burlington House

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Royal Academy of Arts Education Department
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£14/£6 students (includes exhibition entry, lecture and a drink); £10 (includes lecture and a drink)

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