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Matisse

byVolkmar Essers

Other | August 18, 2017

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Le Bonheur de Vivre: The vital colors and shapes of a modernist master

The work of Henri Matisse (1869—1954) reflects an ongoing belief in the power of brilliant colors and simple forms. Though famed in particular for his paintings, Matisse also worked with drawing, sculpture, lithography, stained glass, and collage, developing his unique cut-out medium when old age left him unable to stand and paint.

Matisse’s subjects were often conventional: nudes, portraits, and figures in landscapes, Oriental scenes, and interior views, but in his handling of bold color and fluid draftsmanship, he secured his place as a 20th-century master. It was Matisse’s palette that particularly thrilled the modern imagination. With vivid blue, amethyst purple, egg-yolk yellow, and many shades beyond he liberated his work from a meticulous representation of reality and sought instead a “vital harmony,” often referring to music as an inspiration or analogy for his work.

From vast patterned panels to simple and tender portraits, this book introduces the full reach and creativity of Matisse’s career, spanning his early work within the Fauvism movement right through to his latter-year projects such as Jazz and the Chapelle du Rosaire in Vence.

About the series:
Each book in TASCHEN’s Basic Art series features:
  • a detailed chronological summary of the life and oeuvre of the artist, covering his or her cultural and historical importance
  • a concise biography
  • approximately 100 illustrations with explanatory captions
Title:MatisseFormat:OtherDimensions:96 pages, 10.2 × 8.3 × 0.98 inPublished:August 18, 2017Publisher:Taschen America LlcLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:3836529041

ISBN - 13:9783836529044

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good collection of mattise works I wish some of the pictures were larger and the colour more vibrant. But its a good collection of his work at a good price. There is nudity in this book, the back cover is a model posing for Matisse. I preferred MOMA's the cut outs over this because of the pictures and detail regarding technique
Date published: 2017-01-16