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Matisse on Art, Revised edition (Documents of Twentieth-Century Art) Paperback – July 24, 1995
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Much of what comes out of this book is straightforwardly about how Matisse trained himself to become the great artist so many think he was. (I leave room for the notion that there are probably those who don't think all that highly of him.) Some of Matisse's comments made me think that he genuinely enjoyed the fame, the respect and the adulation that came his way. But more to the point, Matisse seemed always to be thinking about how much work and sacrifice it took to hone his eye, and his hand, and all of the skills that went into his development.
There is advice to young painters to the effect that the best training is to work long and hard from nature. Matisse testifies to his own training, the countless hours (if you trust him, he put in at least the 9 to 5, everyday, if not a good deal more.) He talks about his teachers, good (Moreau) and bad (Bougerou, I think) and the nature of the artistic scene when he was a young man, just starting out. So, much of this book is "inspirational." I don't know that I will go back to it, often, now that I'm finished reading it, but I might.
One thing more. Most people who have more than a glancing familiarity with Matisse and his reputation will have heard the bit about his "wishing to paint canvases that will please the bourgeois, sitting in his study, trying to relax.Read more ›
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So good. If you are painter just get it – there are so many interested things in here.Published 7 months ago by Brendan L.
A fascinating compilation of letters and interviews. It gives great insight into Matisse and his views on art.Published 20 months ago by Edie Taylor
This is so interesting because it is in Matisse's words mainly--his philosophies on art-
It is worth reading and going back to and rereading--very well put together.
For a book that covers Matisse in a more in depth way , looking at his reasonings and thoughts about painting - this is a very useful book.Published on March 6, 2013 by Nicki Heenan