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Title:
Matisse
Author:
Matisse, Henri, 1869-1954.
Publication Information:
New York : DK Publishing, 1999.

©1998
Physical Description:
143 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 21 cm.
General Note:
Includes indexes.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780789441362

9780751307214
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Each volume is a visual resource with over 300 full-color illustrations, telling the story of a single artist with a look at the artist's life, the context in which he worked, and an analysis of his masterpieces.


Author Notes

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.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 1

Library Journal Review

These three books are part of a series of brief monographs on big-name artists that also includes titles on Rembrandt, Monet, Bosch, da Vinci, Caravaggio, Gauguin, van Gogh, Titian, and C‚zanne. The popularity of the artists, the glitzy format, and the low price will probably guarantee sales. Reading these three installments, however, was more bewildering than enlightening. The publisher states that they are a perfect gift or study companion for art history students and art lovers alike. Yet art history students expect and deserve bibliographies and citations (neither of which are present), and art lovers will probably not appreciate the number of illustrations printed right into the book gutters. The text portions are well written, but editorial negligence in other areas is distracting: inconsistencies, typographical errors, and incorrect headings appear throughout, and illustrations are included in sections where they do not seem to belong. Even the covers have misleading juxtapositions. The Matisse volume features his portrait prominently under his name, but under Goya's name there appears a servant from one of his paintings. And whoever is pictured under Drer's name is a mystery, since he does not look like Drer, but no identification appears anywhere. Some mistakes are glaring; for example, a section headed "Matisse and etching" discusses his lithographs instead. Conversely, Drer's famous woodcut of "The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse" is noted as one of a series of lithographsÄa process not even invented yet. The layout of the books is overly complex, with snippets of information under small illustrations scattered about in irregularly alternating color-coded sections. Although the colored sidebars suggest a distinction between "Life and Works," "Background," and "Masterpieces," there is often overlap, and some of the illustrations do not fall into whatever date span distractingly heads each page. Every facing two-page spread is concerned with a particular theme. Although these themes are relevant and interesting, when over 50 of them are presented this way in each book, the end result feels superficial rather than thorough. On top of all this, the film layer over the paperback covers peels away from the edges as one reads the books. Not recommended.ÄAnn Marie Lane, Univ. of Wyoming, Laramie (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.