About the Show:
French lithographer and publisher Aimé Maeght (1906-1981) and his wife, Marguerite (1909-1977), opened a Parisian art gallery in December of 1945 with the backing of their great friends artists Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947) and Henri Matisse (1869-1954). These established artists attracted others (along with many newcomers seeking representation), Aimé's background set a new standard for exhibition catalogues and livres d’artiste, the gallery-artist-public relationship was forever redefined and the Maeghts' place in art history was firmly established.
Miró, Calder, Giacometti, Braque: Aimé Maeght and His Artists highlighted both the extraordinary roster of artists who chose to be represented by Galerie Maeght, and their exceptional levels of comfort with Aimé and Marguerite. The exhibition was drawn exclusively from the collections of the Fondation Maeght in Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France and contained more than 140 paintings, sculptures, ceramics, prints, and artists' books by the four title artists, as well as works by Bonnard and Matisse. Organized by the Royal Academy of Art, London and on view there from October 4, 2008 to January 2, 2009.