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Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs

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  • Editors: Karl Buchberg, Nicholas Cullinan, and Jodi Hauptman
  • Publisher: The Museum of Modern Art
  • Pages: 302
  • Illustrations: 250 in full color
  • Dimensions: 9'' x 10 1/2''
  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 9780870709159



Edited by Karl Buchberg, Nicholas Cullinan, and Jodi Hauptman

Published in conjunction with the most comprehensive exhibition ever devoted to Henri Matisse's paper cut-outs, made from the early 1940s until the artist's death in 1954, this publication presents approximately 150 works in a groundbreaking reassessment of Matisse's colorful and innovative final chapter. The result of research conducted on two fronts--conservation and curatorial--the catalogue offers a reconsideration of the cut-outs by exploring a host of technical and conceptual issues: the artists methods and materials and the role and function of the works in his practice; their economy of means and exploitation of decorative strategies; their environmental aspects; and their double lives, first as contingent and mutable in the studio and ultimately made permanent, a transformation accomplished via mounting and framing. Richly illustrated to present the cut-outs in all of their vibrancy and luminosity, the book includes an introduction and a conservation essay that consider the cut- outs from new theoretical and technical perspectives, and five thematic essays, each focusing on a different moment in the development of the cut-out practice, that provide a chronicle of this radical mediums unfolding, and period photographs that show the works in process in Matisses studio.

One of modern arts towering figures, Henri Matisse (18691954) was a painter, draftsman, sculptor and printmaker before turning to paper cut-outs in the 1940s. From the clashing hues of his Fauvist works made in the South of France in 190405, to the harmonies of his Nice interiors from the 1920s, to this brilliant final chapter, Matisse followed a career- long path that he described as "construction by means of color."

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