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Matisse. Cut-outs. 40th Ed.

Hardcover, 6.1 x 8.5 in., 2.24 lb, 412 pages
US$ 30
Availability: November 2022
This edition of TASCHEN’s XXL volume explores Matisse’s gouaches decoupées – bright, bold cut-outs produced when Matisse couldn’t paint due to old age and had to create a new medium. Discover their history in rare photos by Henri Cartier-Bresson and F.W. Murnau, and with texts by surrealist writer Louis Aragon and Matisse himself.

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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 decoupées (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 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 to his 1930 trip to Tahiti and continuing through to his final years in Nice. It includes many photos of Matisse, as well as some rare images by Henri Cartier-Bresson and the filmmaker F. W. Murnau, with texts by 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.
The editors

Xavier-Gilles Néret teaches philosophy of art and design at the École Duperré Paris and University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. He studies the connections between art, philosophy, and poetry. His publications include works on Bernard Saby, Daisuke Ichiba, Pakito Bolino, Anne van der Linden and a theoretical essay on graphzines. He lives and works in Paris.

Gilles Néret (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'Œil and Connaissance des Arts and received the Élie Faure Prize in 1981 for his publications. His TASCHEN titles include Salvador Dalí: The Paintings, Matisse, and Erotica Universalis.

Matisse. Cut-outs. 40th Ed.
Hardcover, 6.1 x 8.5 in., 2.24 lb, 412 pages
ISBN 978-3-8365-8919-2
Edition: English
ISBN 978-3-8365-8917-8
Edition: Spanish
TASCHEN is 40! Since we started our work as cultural archaeologists in 1980, TASCHEN has become synonymous with accessible publishing, helping bookworms around the world curate their own library of art, anthropology, and aphrodisia at an unbeatable price. Today we celebrate 40 years of incredible books by staying true to our company credo. The 40 series presents new editions of some of the stars of our program—now more compact, friendly in price, and still realized with the same commitment to impeccable production.
Matisse. Cut-outs. 40th Ed.
Matisse.
Cut-outs.
40th Ed.
US$ 30
Matisse. Cut-outs. 40th Ed.