The French painter’s art collection is the focus at the Royal Academy, while class and sexuality in the 1960s are examined at Talbot Rice Gallery
The art collection that Matisse built over a lifetime, from Kongo masks to north African furniture, has a starring role in his paintings and this exhibition. Born in 1869, Matisse lived more than a third of his life in the 19th century and was schooled in its conventions. In the 1900s, he played a leading part in turning those conventions upside down. Together with friends such as Pablo Picasso, he found inspiration in what was then called “primitive” art. In later years, travel helped him renew his own art, and his collection reflects that. A glimpse of genius at work.
Royal Academy of Arts, W1, 5 August to 12 November