Matisse on Art

ISBN-10: 0520200322

ISBN-13: 9780520200326

Edition: 1995 (Revised)

Authors: Henri Matisse, Jack Flam, Jack Flam

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The major writings of Henri Matisse (1869-1954), with the exception of the letters, are collected here along with transcriptions of important interviews and broadcasts given at various stages of Matisse's career. Jack Flam provides a biography, a general introduction that addresses the development of Matisse's aesthetic values and theories, and a critical introduction for each text.
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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 7/24/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

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.

List of Illustrations
Introduction: A Life in Words and Pictures
A Note on the Texts
Interview with Guillaume Apollinaire, 1907
Notes of a Painter, 1908
Statement on Photography, 1908
Sarah Stein's Notes, 1908
Interview with Charles Estienne, 1909
Interview with J. Sacs, 1910
Interview with Ernst Goldschmidt, 1911
Interview with Clara T. MacChesney, 1912
Visit by Robert Rey, 1913
Interview with Ragnar Hoppe, 1919
Interview with Jacques Guenne, 1925
Statement to Teriade: On Fauvism and Color, 1929
Statement to Teriade: On Travel, 1930
Statement to Teriade: Around a Retrospective, 1931
Interview with Gotthard Jedlicka, 1931
Interview with Pierre Courthion, 1931
Statement to Teriade: On Creativity, 1933
Interview with Dorothy Dudley, 1933
Letters to Alexander Romm, 1934
On Modernism and Tradition, 1935
Statements to Teriade: On the Purity of the Means, 1936
On Cezanne's "Three Bathers," 1936
Divagations, 1937
Henry de Montherlant: Listening to Matisse, 1938
Notes of a Painter on his Drawing, 1939
Interview with Francis Carco, 1941
On Transformations, 1942
Matisse's Radio Interviews, 1942
Conversations with Louis Aragon: On Signs, 1942
Interview with Marguette Bouvier, 1944
The Role and Modalities of Color, 1945
Observations on Painting, 1945
Interview with Leon Degand, 1945
Black is a Color, 1946
How I made my Books, 1946
Oceania, 1946
Jazz, 1947
Interview with Andre Marchand: The Eye, 1947
The Path of Color, 1947
Exactitude is not Truth, 1947
Letter to Henry Clifford, 1948
Interview with R. W. Howe, 1949
Henri Matisse Speaks to You, 1950
Interview with Georges Charbonnier, 1950
The Text: Preface to the Tokyo Exhibition, 1951
The Chapel of the Rosary, 1951
The Chapel of the Rosary: On the Murals and Windows, 1951
Statements to Teriade: Matisse Speaks, 1951
Testimonial, 1951
Interview with Andre Verdet, 1952
Looking at Life with the Eyes of a Child, 1953
Portraits, 1954
Appendix (Selected French Texts: 2, 12, 21, 25, 31, 37, 49, 51)
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