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The catalogue for the Tate's exhibition Henri-Matisse: The Cut-Outs surveys Matisse's late collages, including Jazz and the Vence chapel. Works from small-scale collages to frand mural projects are not only illustrated in their final forms but also seen in progres in numerous studio photographs. Fold-out pages give an idea of teh expansive nature of The Parakeet and teh Mermaid, 1952, and The Swimming Pool, 1952, at 16m wide. A technical summary of the cut-outs explains the range of papers used, the paint used to colour the sheets and the method of composition. (Alexander Adams The Art Newspaper)

in the 1950's, Matisse competed, consciously or not, with the very latest development in painting, Abstract Expressionism, filling vast surfaces with iconic forms and radiant color. (Joseph Wolin Time Out Magazine)

Vibrant designs of apparent simplicity spooling from a master's hands in the last decade of his life, each one a tableau of luminosity and power. (The Economist)

In the late 1940s, suffering from ill health, the French artist Henri Matisse retired his paintbrush. A spirit as creative as his, however, was not to be restrained. (Samuel Cochran Architectural Digest)

About the Author

"Jodi Hauptman is Asistant Professor, Department of Art History, University of Delaware."

Nicholas Serota is the director of Tate and the author of "Donald Judd".

Henri Matisse (1869 1954) was a painter, draughtsman, printmaker, and sculptor who helped to define the revolutionary developments in the visual arts in the opening decades of the twentieth century.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 302 pages
  • Publisher: The Museum of Modern Art, New York; n edition (May 31, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870709151
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870709159
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 10 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
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This is the catalogue of the exhibition organized by New York's Museum of Modern Art, mounted at the Tate Modern in London from April to September 2014 and then at the MoMA from October 2014 until February 2015. The impetus for the exhibition was the major campaign of conservation of Matisse's huge "The Swimming Pool" cut-out, which the artist designed for his dining room in the Hôtel Régina in Nice in 1952; the Museum restored and remounted it and, in this exhibition, presents it once again to the public for the first time in over twenty years--but now, in order to reflect its original environment, it has been newly installed in a room constructed with the original proportions, details, and architecture of Matisse's dining room. This is a very major exhibition, the most extensive presentation of Matisse's cut-outs ever mounted. Although "The Swimming Pool" is its conceptual heart, the show encompasses a much wider range of works, including illustrated books, textiles, stained glass, and related drawings. The explosion of creativity and imagination that Matisse presented as the last act of his artistic life is truly amazing; it is not given to many people to invent an entirely new art form in their seventies, especially not one that vibrates with such youthful exuberance and juice as these cut-outs do. When he exhibited "Zulma" at the Salon de Mai in 1952 (at the tender age of eighty-two), critics referred to it as "the youngest and most innovative work there," and to himself as "the youngest exhibitor" (162), and in looking through this volume, I kept having to remind myself that Matisse was, in fact, really, born in 1869 and already over thirty at the turn of the century.Read more ›
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I thought the color was not bright enough in many of the images. It did give a good review of the exhibit and included useful information. Although many of the details can be found online in other sources. The fold out of the swimming pool (1952) made the purchase worth the purchase of yet another book on Matisse. It was well documented with photos of the artist and of this drawings. I would definitely recommend it to anyone that has an interest in Matisse.
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Saw this at MOMA in NYC when I saw the cutouts November 2014. Didn't want to cart the book around so waited and ordered in on Amazon. Worth owning The collection was borrowed from museums and private parties all over the world. A once in half a life-time opportunity.
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I'll be honest- I like the Taschen version of the Matisse Cut Outs Henri Matisse: Cut-outs, Drawing With Scissors much better than this book. I was really disappointed with the images in this book- not just the quality but the size. Instead of putting one image per page, this book squeezes several of the Cut-Outs on a single page, and includes a ton of white space around the images. I have been lucky enough to see a lot of these pieces in real life and the Taschen book does a much better job at accurately reproducing the colors *and* their "3-D" nature. A lot of the "cuts" and "joins" (the places where the paper comes together in the Cut Outs) are not present in the images in this book.

There's also a ton of text. I appreciate that as an academic, but I really wanted a book that was equally about the art *and* the process/history, and the Taschen book felt more like a true art book. I'm actually a little surprised that this is an exhibit catalog- it feels more like an academic book to me.

This is by no means a terrible book, it's just not as good as the Taschen one in terms of image quality and size.
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As much as I loved the show at MoMa, I disliked this exhibition catalog. Page after page references images that are scattered through the book and are hard to find. The essays themselves are thoughtful and well researched, the colors are spot on, but reading this and trying to flip forward and back searching for the images was a pain.......
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Very detailed information about the making of the cutouts. Pretty complete selection of color plates of the cutouts and quite a few archival photographs of Matisse's studios showing works in progress.
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Bought a copy of this when I saw the "cut out" exhibit at MOMA. When I came home several of my artist friends were drowling over it so I bought some on Amazon as birthday and Christmas presents. It was WAY cheaper and the same EXACT book. One thing you should know is that ALL the copies of this book seem to have a print defect on the cover…even the one I bought at MOMA…so not be be distressed when you receive it from Amazon and think that somehow it is second rate.
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lots of color images. Included reproductions of Matsses color chart, paints, many details of how he created these works. One thing I think could have made this book a bit better would have been to show images of the groups of cutouts as they were displayed at the museum exhibit.
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