Exhibition Past

HENRI MATISSE (Le Cateau-Cambrésis 1864 – 1954 Nice). 'Maternité', 1939. Signed ‘H.Matisse I-39’, charcoal on paper, 50.8 x 66.7 cm, 20 x 26 1/4 in

Colnaghi is pleased to announce Couples: a celebration of artistic synergy + collaboration in its London Gallery.

Since Classical times, visual creation has depended on the collaboration and inspiration engendered by close personal relationships between artists. Ties of friendship and love have been the bedrock of some of the most important pieces of art ever produced.

To fully celebrate the key role artistic synergy has played at the very highest levels of visual production, Colnaghi will broach the term 'couple' in its broadest sense. Parents and children, teachers and students and close friends will be placed alongside romantically involved artists, highlighting different forms of love, affection, and synergy between creators.

Following the success of the New York edition of the show, the London leg of Couples will be presented in an expanded format to coincide with London Art Week, with many notable pre-twentieth century additions.

New to the show will be portraits of philosophers by Jusepe de Ribera (lo Spagnoletto) and Luca Giordano, as well as Elizabeth and Charles Bedford in a landscape with a St Bernard dog, the only known collaboration between Francis Hayman and Thomas Gainsborough.

These Old Master paintings will be placed alongside works by iconic modern and contemporary artists like Pablo Picasso and Françoise Gilot, to show the enduring power of artistic collaboration and inspiration across time.