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Matisse: Portrait of an Artist (A Film by Didier Baussy) [VHS]
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Matisse: Voyages traces the development of the artist's brilliantly colored work, from his early canvases, images of dance and music, and odalisques to his cut-out pieces and chapel decorations. Filmmaker Didier Baussy draws on a wealth of paintings, archival footage, photographs, and extracts from Matisse's Notes of a Painter to capture the richness of the artist's legacy and the splendor of his achievements.
Matisse: Voyages is nearly as colorful as the 19th-century artist's work. More a study of the painter than a biography of the man, the 58- minute video traces his evolution as an artist from the moment Henri Matisse discovered painting (when the bed-ridden young man was given a box of paints by his mother) through the familiar cut-out style (he called it "drawing with scissors") that dominated his later life. Footage from a film that studied Matisse in action fascinates; he is quoted as saying he felt he'd "been stripped naked" by the camera. Here, the camera lingers liberally on his work, exploring his portraits of human figures, still lifes, and interiors, as well as the chapel he designed, painted, and paid for in Vence, France. Experts weigh in, but the words that are most moving are Matisse's own, pulled from his Notes of a Painter. "I cannot paint things, but the relationship between them," he said. Voyages goes a long way toward illustrating the fauvist's relationship with his work. --Valerie J. Nelson
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By Amazon Customer on November 5, 2011
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Terrible quality...can't hear the speaker nor understand what is being said for basically the entire movie. My own fault maybe, for getting VHS...but DVD was not available for this title.
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