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Chatting with Henri Matisse - a book by Matisse, Henri

Chatting with Henri Matisse

The Lost 1941 Interview

Chatting with Henri Matisse( )
Author: Matisse, Henri
As told to: Courthion, Pierre
Editor: Guilbaut, Serge
Translator: Miller, Chris
Publication Date:Aug 2013
Publisher:Getty Publications
Book Format:Hardback
List Price:USD $45.00
Book Description:

In 1941 the Swiss art critic Pierre Courthion interviewed Henri Matisse while the artist was in bed recovering from a serious operation. It was an extensive interview, seen at the time as a vital assessment of Matisse's career and set to be published by Albert Skira's then newly established Swiss press. After months of complicated discussions between Courthion and Matisse, and just weeks before the book was to come out--the artist even had approved the cover design--Matisse...
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Detailed Subjects: Art / Individual Artists / General
Art / European
Biography & Autobiography / Artists, Architects, Photographers
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):5.85 x 9.75 x 0.585 Inches
Book Weight:1.465 Pounds
Author Biography
Matisse, Henri (Author)
Next to Picasso, Matisse is probably the greatest and most versatile artist of modernism. His long career embraced most of the currents of postimpressionist art, in all of which he created highly personal works of remarkable beauty and subtlety.

Born in Picardie, France, Matisse came to Paris as a youth to study law, but soon began to study painting under such conventional masters as Bouguereau. Later, he moved to impressionism and fell under the influence of Cezanne; soon after, he was using pure color in the style that characterized the Fauves (The Wild Beasts), an innovative school of art whose leading master he became. Subsequently, Matisse went through an expressionist phase, during which he was much affected by African and Near Eastern art. In that period, flat decorative patterns in brilliant colors predominated in his work, such as "La Danse" and "La Musique."

In 1914, Matisse went to live on the Riviera, where he remained for the rest of his long life. Here, his great series of Odalisques occupied him until the 1930's. His last major work was the decoration of a convent chapel at Venice. Matisse was also a book illustrator of originality, a highly individual sculptor, and a creator of extraordinary paper cutouts, in which he composed pictures using pieces of brightly colored paper. Despite severe arthritis, Matisse worked until his death at the age of 85. In 1992, a major exhibition of his works was held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City; the extraordinarily large attendance only confirmed his place as one of the greatest French painters of the twentieth century.


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