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Matisse Prints Join Permanent Collection

December 17, 2010

Story by Meghan Gill '14

Henry Matisse PrintThe opportunity to enhance Chapel Art's already impressive art collection with three prints by Henri Matisse arose when Fr. Iain MacLellan, O.S.B., the center's curator and director, discovered one of the prints in Taos, New Mexico. The center then located two similar prints in New York. Fr. Iain says he believes Matisse's unique approach to design would be "what students want to see, what they could relate to."

The Matisse prints were unveiled during the Bruce McColl exhibit, "Semblances of Life," to enhance the meaning of modern line in art for the audience, Fr. Iain says. He delivered a brief explanation of the prints followed by a question period. According to Fr. Iain, the main focus of the center is to "enhance visual literacy, which is key to critical thinking, while assisting the development of aesthetic philosophy."

Guy Sergi ‘14, a politics major, says, "different interpretations of art can sometimes conflict, but in the end the discussion is all about the appreciation."

K2 from Drawings: Themes and Variations,
1942, lithograph, Henri Matisse (1869-1954)