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Henri Matisse. Cut-outs. Drawing With Scissors
Hardcover with fold-outs, 11.3 x 14.7 in., 7.77 lb, 334 pages
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Marking the 60 year anniversary of Matisse’s death and the major MOMA exhibit of 2014, this fresh edition of TASCHEN's original prize-winning XL volume provides historical context to the cut-outs, the revolutionary invention of Matisse’s final years. With rare photographs of the artist by Henri Cartier-Bresson and F.W. Murnau, among others, and texts from Matisse, poets like Louis Aragon, and Matisse’s son-in-law, Georges Duthuit.
Drawing with scissors
The revolutionary late-period work by MatisseTowards 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 decoupées (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. Tériade, 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.
Diane von Fürstenberg
“Henri Matisse. Cut-Outs is divine! I have always loved Matisse—he and I share a birthday on December 31—and am greatly inspired by his sense of color and incredible joie de vivre. TASCHEN captures his mastery of color and shapes perfectly.”
Illustration: Robert Nippoldt