1913 to 1917 was a momentous and inventive period for Matisse. Yet, those years have been understudied. Until now.

The Art Institute of Chicago brings new scholarship and research to light in Matisse: Radical Invention, 1913-1917. Full exploration of some 120 works of art – including painting and sculpture – highlights his ambition and the risks he took in technique. On view is Bathers By The River (seen after the jump), one of the most pivotal of Mattisse’s paintings completed during the stretch.

The exhibition runs through June 20, 2010.

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