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Matisse in the Studio Hardcover – April 25, 2017
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...Matisse loved beautiful, well-designed objects and had collected more than 200 by his death in 1954... they served him as visual references that opened his mind to new possibilities in seeing and creating. (Debbie Hagan Hyperallergic)
I can think of no other exhibition that has told us so much about what artists do and how they think. (Eric Gibson The Wall Street Journal)
Matisse in the Studio …focuses on the artist’s relationship with his objects…― a seaglass green vessel, a Congolese mask, North African tapestries ― paired with the paintings where they appear. The result is a heightened sense of intimacy with his already sensual, summery paintings, and gives a glimpse into the studio ― and mental ― space of the artist. (Nina Maclaughlin Boston Globe)
As the same rotating cast of inanimate characters appears again and again in the paintings, we realize that what we are seeing is a memory play, a chronicle of the interaction over time between objects and owner. (John Dorfman Art & Antiques)
About the Author
Henri Matisse (1869–1954) was a painter, draftsman, sculptor and printmaker before turning to paper cut-outs in the 1940s. He followed a career-long path that he described as “construction by means of color.”
Ellen McBreen is Associate Professor of Art History at Wheaton College, Massachusetts.
Helen Burnham is Pamela and Peter Voss Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Suzanne Preston Blier is Allen Whitehill Clowes Professor of Fine Arts and of African and African American Studies at Harvard University.
Ann Dumas is Curator at the Royal Academy of Arts, London.
Jack Flam is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Art and Art History at Brooklyn College and The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and President of the Dedalus Foundation.
Claudine Grammont is Director and Chief Curator of the Musée Matisse, Nice.
Hélène Ivanoff is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Frobenius Institute of Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt.
Marie-Thérèse Pulvenis de Seligny is the former Director and Chief Curator of the Musée Matisse, Nice.
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This is a catalog for the show I saw at the MFA in Boston, and as a guide to the exhibit it is wonderful. But it stands alone, too, giving a fascinating perspective on Matisse's personal universe, and why he painted, sculpted, and designed as he did at different stages of his career.
The writing is good, even when indulging in close academic analysis. The reproductions are excellent. And the objects so important to Matisse become equally important to the reader. The authors train our eye to look for the anthropomorphic qualities and the energy verging on consciousness in these objects as transformed in Matisse's work. We learn to notice in the artwork the influence of African art, Islamic design and Chinese porcelain and calligraphy.
Matisse's rebellion against the traditional realism of classic Western art was aided and abetted by the objects and textiles from other cultures he acquired in his travels. The chronology in the back of the book is in part a history of his pivotal acquisitions.
The narrative is full of interesting tidbits (like the fact that Matisse's wife Amelie supported the family in early years by making hats). The authors look at how Matisse differed philosophically from the Impressionists -- and was influenced by Bergson's ideas.
A lovely art book all around -- a pleasure for visual browsing, and equally rewarding to read.