Henri Matisse - Cut-Outs, Drawing with Scissors

Author(s): Gilles Néret (Editor); Xavier-Gilles Néret (Editor)

Art

Drawing with Scissors
Matisse's revolutionary late-period work

Toward 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 long. 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 decoup es (gouache cut-outs) in fact represented a revolution in modern art, a whole new medium that reimagined the age-old conflict between color and line.

This fresh edition of the first volume of our original award-winning XXL 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. T riade, 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

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General Fields

  • : 9783836567190
  • : Taschen America, LLC
  • : Taschen America, LLC
  • : October 1918
  • : --- length: - '6.8' width: - '9.4' units: - Inches
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Gilles Néret (Editor); Xavier-Gilles Néret (Editor)
  • : Hardback
  • : English
  • : 759.4
  • : 560