Sophie Matisse
American, born 1965
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Selected exhibitions
2018
SPRING 2018,
Francis M. Naumann Fine Art
2017
Marcel Duchamp FOUNTAIN An Homage,
Francis M. Naumann Fine Art
2012
Sophie Matisse,
Francis M. Naumann Fine Art

Sophie Matisse’s “missing people paintings” began as a joke because she wanted to paint but felt intimidated by the illustrious name she inherited from her great-grandfather, Henri Matisse. So she replicated Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece, the Mona Lisa, leaving out the central figure as if she had momentarily stepped away (Be Back in 5 Minutes, 1997).This led to dozens of similarly de-populated reproductions of works by Johannes Vermeer, Edward Hopper, and even her great-grandfather. Besides drawing attention to strength of the original backgrounds and compositions, the works have their own merit. Matisse’s version of Diego Velazquez’s Las Meninas (2001, for example, convinced one critic that “It would be odd to imagine Velazquez painting an empty room like this, but that’s a fairly haunting piece.” More recently, Matisse has been making brightly colored gouaches of interlocking …

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