Matisse In The Cone Collection: The Poetics Of Vision

by Jack D. Flam

Baltimore Museum of Art | June 1, 2001 | Trade Paperback

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The Cone sisters, Claribel and Etta, acquired their first Matisse in 1906 and, during the next four decades, went on to form one of the world''s great collections of his art. The Cone Collection not only contains major works from every phase of Matisse''s long career but also reflects the sisters'' special interest in his Nice period, when a new complexity of form and psychology entered the ever-intense surface allure of his paintings.

Matisse in the Cone Collection breaks new ground by offering the first scholarly exploration of this exceptional group of works, all donated to the Baltimore Museum of Art in 1950. Doreen Bolger''s Foreword traces the Cone sisters'' early association with Leo and Gertrude Stein, their growing friendship with Matisse, and the building of their collection. An essay by Jack Flam guides readers through the sisters'' collection of Matisse''s art and, simultaneously, charts the artist''s development from his Neo-Impressionist work of the 1890s to his late style of the 1940s, which is marked by the use of cut-paper and an increasingly linear language of form.

The publication of this book will coincide with the reopening of the Cone Wing of the Baltimore Museum of Art after a renovation designed to make the galleries reflect the period in which the art was first made and collected.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 120 pages, 3.96 × 3.59 × 0.18 in

Published: June 1, 2001

Publisher: Baltimore Museum of Art

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0912298731

ISBN - 13: 9780912298733

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Matisse In The Cone Collection: The Poetics Of Vision

by Jack D. Flam

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 120 pages, 3.96 × 3.59 × 0.18 in

Published: June 1, 2001

Publisher: Baltimore Museum of Art

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0912298731

ISBN - 13: 9780912298733

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The Cone sisters, Claribel and Etta, acquired their first Matisse in 1906 and, during the next four decades, went on to form one of the world''s great collections of his art. The Cone Collection not only contains major works from every phase of Matisse''s long career but also reflects the sisters'' special interest in his Nice period, when a new complexity of form and psychology entered the ever-intense surface allure of his paintings.

Matisse in the Cone Collection breaks new ground by offering the first scholarly exploration of this exceptional group of works, all donated to the Baltimore Museum of Art in 1950. Doreen Bolger''s Foreword traces the Cone sisters'' early association with Leo and Gertrude Stein, their growing friendship with Matisse, and the building of their collection. An essay by Jack Flam guides readers through the sisters'' collection of Matisse''s art and, simultaneously, charts the artist''s development from his Neo-Impressionist work of the 1890s to his late style of the 1940s, which is marked by the use of cut-paper and an increasingly linear language of form.

The publication of this book will coincide with the reopening of the Cone Wing of the Baltimore Museum of Art after a renovation designed to make the galleries reflect the period in which the art was first made and collected.

About the 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 extraordinari
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