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Matisse Paints the Town

The San Antonio Museum of Art announces “Matisse Paints the Town,” a citywide celebration of the beauty and genius of Matisse, one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century. In recognition of Matisse: Life in Color, a summer exhibition at the San Antonio Museum of Art, local businesses and organizations are drawing inspiration from the artist’s work. This celebration will kickoff June 14 and go through September 7, 2014.

Visit area businesses to find flavorful macarons, seasonal cupcakes, special menus inspired by the flavors of Matisse’s native France, one-of-a-kind floral arrangements, special window displays, music of the era, French cooking classes, cocktails, and more.

Baker Tatum
5924 Broadway St., 78209
(210) 829-5637

This lovely home design shop pays homage to the painting Interior with Dog. Look for their Matisse re-creation in their window display. Then pop two doors down for your Matisse cupcake at Bird Bakery.

Bakery Lorraine
511 E. Grayson St., 78215
(210) 862-5582

Special Matisse-inspired macarons this summer: lavender honey butter and apricot saffron. “The lavender honey is so French and the apricot saffron reflects the North African influences in Matisse's work,” say Anne Ng and Jeremy Mandrell, owners and pastry chefs extraordinaires.


Look for the colorful Matisse B-cycle around town all summer. Take a photo of someone riding the Matisse B-cycle, post it to B-cycle’s Facebook page, and tag San Antonio Museum of Art to enter a weekly drawing for two tickets to the exhibition.

Bird Bakery
5912 Broadway St., 78209
(210) 804-2473

Look for “The Matisse,” a special seasonal summer cupcake available from mid-June through July.

219 E. Houston St., 78205
(210) 472-2600

Inspired by the spirit of Matisse’s Jazz, Bohanan’s is shaking up a bright cocktail aptly named “The Jazz Cocktail” with gin, campari, and Carpano sweet vermouth.

Chez Vatel
218 E. Olmos, 78212
(210) 828-3141

Chef Damien Vatel has designed a nostalgic dish for the painting Young Woman at the Window, Sunset. “The young woman is looking out at the sea in Nice. The look on her face is one of longing. I imagine she is waiting for a boat to return from fishing,” says Vatel. “So, I am making a Provençale seafood cassoulet.”

Central Market H-E-B Cooking School
4821 Broadway St., 78209
(210) 368-8617

The Cooking School pulls out all the stops with a “Wines and Foods of Paris” class as well as one on Parisian baking.

Dough Pizzeria
6989 Blanco Road, 78216
(210) 979-6565

Drawing on the painting Purple Robe and Anemones, chef/owner Doug Horn is creating a ceramic canvas for his summer burrata. Look for a plate full of design and color with his signature fresh, cream-filled mozzarella as the focal point.

Esquire Tavern
155 E. Commerce St., 78205
(210) 222-2521

Be the first to try their Matisse-inspired cocktail at its debut at the Museum’s Art Party on Friday, June 13. Available all summer long at the bar on E. Commerce Street.

Feast Restaurant
1024 S. Alamo St., 78210
(210) 354-1024

For chef Stefan Bowers, Ballet Dancer on a Stool evokes this colorful allusion: Pavlova with Fresh Kiwi, Strawberry and Blueberry Sauce. This classic meringue-based dessert (pavlova) is named after Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova. "It was created after she toured New Zealand," said Bowers, "hence the kiwi fruit."

Julian Gold
4109 McCullough Ave., 78212
(210) 824-2493

This July keep a look out for the Purple Robe inspiration behind their window display.

KRTU Jazz 91.7

Experience the playful art of Matisse through music. Hear the Matisse-inspired compositions in Portrait in 7 Shades by Ted Nash, performed by the Lincoln Center Orchestra. Tune in to FM 91.7 FM or stream it from KRTU’s website or free smart-phone app.

Life in Color Pop-up Café
The San Antonio Museum of Art
200 W. Jones Ave., 78215
(210) 978-8100

It’s simple summer fare overlooking the San Antonio River. Lily’s Cookies

Lily’s Cookies
2716 McCullough Ave., 78212
(210) 832-0886

Enjoy artfully decorated cookies inspired by the shapes found throughout Matisse’s Jazz portfolio and collages.

McNay Art Museum
6000 N. New Braunfels Ave., 78209
(210) 824-5368

Visit the McNay Art Museum to see Matisse and Picasso: A Friendly Rivalry from June 14 to August 10, 2014, an exhibition from the McNay’s rich holdings of Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse. Paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, and theatre designs will juxtapose the two visionaries’ unique styles.

Mockingbird Handprints
1420 S. Alamo St., 78204
(210) 878-5711

Mockingbird Handprints is dressing its shop window with fabrics inspired by the colorful patterned backdrops of Matisse's paintings. Present your exhibition stub to receive a free handmade card created specifically for Matisse, Life in Color.

Neiman Marcus
15900 La Cantera Pkwy, 78256
(210) 558-8000

It's All About Lines...Learn to do a line drawing from a local artist; and learn tips on lining your lips while getting the latest scoop on linear fashion from Neiman Marcus beauty and fashion experts. Friday, June 13, 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Cosmetics, Level One. Limited seating. Call 210.694.3577 to reserve. Also, look for beautiful merchandise from this style-setter in a Matisse window vignette.

San Antonio Magazine

Their June 2014 issue will feature an article on Matisse-inspired chefs and dishes.

San Antonio Museum of Art Shop
(210) 978-8100
Cowden Hall Exhibition Space

The Exhibition Shop will be color-FULL. Great finds include handmade Mary Rose Young pottery from England and a one-of-a-kind upholstered chair from Mockingbird Handprints in San Antonio.

Saveurs 209
209 Broadway St., 78205
(210) 639-3165

Matisse is easy inspiration for native French chef Caitline Nykiel and family. She will create a summer dessert evocative of Still Life with Peaches.

Uptown Flowers
202 Broadway St., 78205
(210) 224-9888

Talented floral designers are creating one-of-a-kind arrangements using flowers and plants to recreate compositional elements and vibrant colors from Matisse’s work.

Wyndham Garden Riverwalk/Museum Reach
103 9th St., 78215
(210) 515-4555

Guests at the Wyndham Garden Hotel Riverwalk Museum Reach, a five-minute walk from the Museum, who sign on for the hotel’s Matisse package receive a copy of the exhibition catalog, two V.I.P. tickets (good anytime), and a bottle of French wine. Santé!

Find more details on “Matisse Paints the Town” at beginning June 1.

About the Exhibition

Matisse: Life in Color Masterworks from the Baltimore Museum of Art, (June 14 through September 7, 2014) is a sweeping exhibition featuring almost one hundred paintings, sculptures, and works on paper spanning six decades of Matisse’s prolific career. Matisse: Life in Color offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for San Antonio, and indeed, all of Texas and our region, to share in the beauty and importance of the work of Matisse.




The San Antonio Museum of Art is housed in the historic Lone Star Brewery on the Museum Reach of the San Antonio Riverwalk. The collection contains more than 25,000 works representing 5,000 years of history and cultures from around the world.