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Chasing Matisse: A Year in France Living My Dream Paperback – March 25, 2009
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In these places the author learns not just to look but also to see. The facts of Matisse's life and his development as an artist are interwoven with the travel adventures of the author and his wife as they live their dream of starting over in a foreign country. A look into the soul of an artist and what we can learn from him if we seek to live the creative life, this book is vastly superior to the shallowness of "C'est La Vie" by Susie Gershman and her vacuous tale of leaving the US to live in Paris.
The only thing missing from "Chasing Matisse" is a map so that the reader can see the locations of the various places that are visited. It's also helpful to have on hand a copy of "Henri Matisse: A Retrospective", Museum of Modern Art 1992, while you read so that you can see the paintings that the author mentions extensively in the book.
Pushing 60 when we meet him in the book, Jim was a former editor of Playboy magazine, and of Southern magazine. He had dabbled in drawing as a teen, and was pretty good at it. Through some more schooling, and a lot of practice, Jim rekindles his interest in art, and sets out to follow in the footsteps of Matisse's life journey. (Beth's travelogues online offer further warmth, humor and insight into their journey.) The resulting drawings and paintings of Jim [...] are the perfect complement to his story. Jim refers to himself as an amateur painter. This is too humble an assessment. Jim's drawings are superb. They echo so perfectly his words in the book--and in fact, truly exemplify luxe, calme, et volupte'. I hope his next project will be a coffee table volume of his drawings and paintings. The colors are magnificent, and his lines flow like the curves of delicate wrought ironwork. Bravo for a job well done.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just started the read and very nice so far, later may be a five. I enjoy a true life story.Published 11 months ago by David Bremer
Jim Morgan lives his dream and we get to tag along. Anyone thinking about a year in France this is a must read.Published on September 9, 2013 by WH73
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I love France, and travel, and Matisse, and I enjoy painting. If any or all of those appeal to you, this book is a delight, a fun distraction. Read morePublished on March 14, 2012 by James Kerr
I loved it and think you will too. If you are a artist, a traveler, or just want to get a glass of wine and sit down on the porch and have a wonderful evening day tripping through... Read morePublished on August 19, 2011 by Sandi
James Morgan got me on the first page, and then I was hooked. I am grateful to him for his honesty and insightful writing style, for Matisse, and for France. Read morePublished on May 10, 2010 by Jack Stammer
Tourism and Art are a winning combination. Why not. Many of the great galleries and museums of the world are not co-incidentally located in many of the great cities of the world. Read morePublished on September 27, 2009 by M. D. Dunning
Chasing Matisse: A Year in France Living My Dream
What a load of pretentious nonsense! The author combines samples of his own work (which are child-like), a poor... Read more
This is a book I'm sure I'll reread many times. The author combines humor with depth, and the sense of adventure is inspiring. Read morePublished on September 2, 2007 by Catherine Jo Morgan
Here I am trapped in a dull grey/brown Northeast winter when I picked up this book and went on a great trip! As an artist I really loved Mr. Read morePublished on March 17, 2006 by Jingles O'Brien