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Henri Matisse. Cut-outs. Drawing With Scissors

Gilles Neret Xavier-Gilles Neret



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Taschen GmbH
30 November 2015
Art & design styles: c 1900 to c 1960; Collage & photomontage; Individual artists, art monographs
Towards the end of his monumental career as a painter, sculptor, and lithographer, an elderly, sickly Matisse was unable to stand and use a paintbrush for a longer period of time. In this late phase of his life-he was almost 80 years of age-he developed the technique of 'carving into color', creating bright, bold paper cut-outs. Though dismissed by some contemporary critics as the folly of a senile old man, these gouaches decoupees (gouache cut-outs) in fact represented a revolution in modern art, a whole new medium that re-imagined the age-old conflict between color and line. This fresh, standard TASCHEN edition of the first volume of our original prize-winning XL book provides a thorough historical context to Matisse's cut-outs, tracing their roots in his 1930 trip to Tahiti, through to his final years in Nice. It includes many photos of Matisse, some rare images, by Henri Cartier-Bresson and the filmmaker F.W. Murnau and text from Matisse, publisher E. Teriade, the poets Louis Aragon, Henri Michaux, and Pierre Reverdy, and Matisse's son-in-law, Georges Duthuit. In their deceptive simplicity, the cut-outs achieved both a sculptural quality and an early minimalist abstraction which would profoundly influence generations of artists to come. Exuberant, multi-hued, and often grand in scale, these works are true pillars of 20th century art, and as bold and innovative to behold today as they were in Matisse's lifetime.
Edited by:   Gilles Neret, Xavier-Gilles Neret
Imprint:   Taschen GmbH
Country of Publication:   Germany
Dimensions:   Height: 374mm,  Width: 286mm,  Spine: 38mm
Weight:   3.532kg
ISBN:   9783836536295
ISBN 10:   3836536293
Pages:   334
Publication Date:   30 November 2015
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Gilles Neret (1933-2005) was an art historian, journalist, writer, and museum correspondent. He organized several art retrospectives in Japan and founded the SEIBU Museum and the Wildenstein Gallery in Tokyo. He directed art reviews such as L'OEil and Connaissance des Arts and received the Elie Faure Prize in 1981 for his publications. His TASCHEN titles include Salvador Dali: The Paintings, Matisse, and Erotica Universalis. Xavier-Gilles Neret taught philosophy of art and design at the ESAA Duperre and Universite de Paris I Pantheon La Sorbonne. He studied the connections between philosophy and poetry with particular relation to Stephane Mallarme. He lives and works in Paris.

Reviews for Henri Matisse. Cut-outs. Drawing With Scissors

A beautiful monster of a book, and inside it there are very high quality reproductions and often tremendous foldouts... fantastic photographs, really incredible pictures. * RTE1 Radio - Arena Show, Dublin * A rare and outstanding symbiosis of book art and art book. * Der Standard, Vienna *

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