Matisse film program

In the opening film of the Henri Matisse film program Matisse is asked what was the most enjoyable period in his life. He answers: “The messy times! When I wasn’t selling my paintings, when I was the only one who liked them besides a few of my friends. I used to like my paintings the…

Proposed gift of a Degas sculpture by the late artist Margaret Olley

Margaret Olley was an important benefactor and tremendous supporter of the Queensland Art Gallery and this proposed gift – a bronze sculpture of a dancer by Edgar Degas, called Dancer looking at the sole of her right foot is a lasting legacy to the people of Queensland. Edgar Degas’s sculptural practice was essentially an experimental…

Welcome

At the Gallery we are constantly looking for new avenues to develop stronger connections with our audiences. Our online dialogues have grown significantly in recent years and we have been overwhelmed by the positive responses we have had to past virtual forums. We believe now is the right time to offer a permanent, multi-voiced blog,…

A long engagement

A frequent question to curators and directors of art museums by media and visitors is ‘How long did it take to put the exhibition together?’ Of course there is no single answer, but on average, exhibitions of the scale and breadth of ‘Matisse: Drawing life’ take years rather than months. In this case it is…

Harder than it looks

My line drawing is the purest and most direct translation of my emotion. The simplification of the medium allows that. At the same time, these drawings are more complete than they may appear to some people who confuse them with a sketch. Henri Matisse, ‘Notes of a painter on his drawing’, 1939 Henri Matisse wrote…