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Sophie Matisse

Sophie Matisse Art Chess set X Purling London

Regarded as “Art Royalty”, Sophie Matisse is an international contemporary artist. She is from an extraordinarily creative family and is the great granddaughter of Henri Matisse, daughter of sculptor and inventor Paul Matisse and step-granddaughter of Marcel Duchamp.  Sophie Matisse is a well-renowned artist who gained much public attention for her series in which she painted classic artworks, such as Mona Lisa without the figures entitled, “Back in 5 Minutes”.

Sophie Matisse attended Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston and L’Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris. Whilst in Paris, she met and married French Pop Artist, Alain Jacquet, with whom she had a daughter, Gaia in 1993.

In 1996, Sophie Matisse settled in New York City and set up her studio in a district of Manhattan. In response to the terror attacks of the World Trade Center in 2001, she reinterpreted Pablo Picasso’s famous “Guernica” with contemporary colours replacing the monochromatic palette of the original.

In 2009 Sophie Matisse hand-painted 8 chess sets for an exhibition entitled, “The Art of the Game”. Two of her beautiful hand-painted sets were exhibited in the show “Ladies’ Knight” – a female perspective on the game of chess, in St Louis MO’s World Chess Hall of Fame. We are delighted that Sophie Matisse has now painted 3 unique chess sets exclusively for Purling London.

Sophie Matisse continues to create thought-provoking and original works. For more information about Sophie Matisse, visit:

Sophie Matisse Guernica (copyright S Matisse)
Sophie Matisse in her studio
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