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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Tate Gallery Publishing (17 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849761299
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849761291
  • Product Dimensions: 22.5 x 3.4 x 27 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 268,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Henri Matisse (1869-1954) is one of the leading figures of modern art. His unparalleled cut-outs are among the most significant of any artist's late works. When ill health first prevented Matisse from painting, he began to cut into painted paper with scissors as his primary technique to make maquettes for a number of commissions, from books and stained-glass window designs to tapestries and ceramics. Taking the form of a 'studio diary', this publication re-examines the cut-outs in terms of the methods and materials that Matisse used, and looks at the tensions in the works between finish and process; fine art and decoration; contemplation and utility; and drawing and colour.
Accompanying a major touring exhibition in 2014 and 2015, this lavishly illustrated book will include an extensive collection of previously unpublished archival photographs from this period of Matisse's life, from 1943 up to his death in 1954, as well as scholarly texts by leading authorities on the artist. Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs promises to be an extremely special contribution to the Matisse bibliography and will surely become the definitive publication on the cut-outs.

Exhibition schedule:
Tate Modern, London, 17 April - 7 September 2014,
Museum of Modern Art, New York, 19 October 2014 - 10 February 2015 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Karl Buchberg is Senior Conservator, Museum of Modern Art, New York Nicholas Cullinan is Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art Samantha Friedman is Assistant Curator, Department of Drawings, Museum of Modern Art, New York Flavia Frigeri is Assistant Curator, Tate Modern Jodi Hauptman is Curator, Department of Drawings, Museum of Modern Art, New York

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Dr R TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 May 2014
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It is appropriate to use the world `life-affirming' to describe this catalogue because of the work that it presents and also because it shows an old man, debilitated by surgery, devising a personal atrategy to continue his long-lasting love affair with primary colours. Matisse's development of paper cut-outs, his decoupages, occurred over some 15 years prior to his death, just short of his 85th birthday, in 1954.

This catalogue, accompanying an exhibition at Tate Modern and the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 2014-15, is beautifully organized. Three illustrated essays serve as Introduction, `The Studio as Site and Subject' by the curators, Karl Buchberg, Nicholas Cullinan, Jodi Hauptman and Nicholas Serota, `Inventing a New Operation' by Hauptman and `A Disagreeable Distraction' by Cullinan, followed by a photoessay `In the Studio'.

The central part of the catalogue examines the cut-outs through five complementary illustrated texts, `Avant la letter' and `Game and Endgame', both by Samantha Friedman; `Chapel Factory' by Flavia Frigeri, which considers ceramic panels, mosaics, fabrics and stained glass maquettes; `Bodies and Waves', by Hauptman, and `Chromatic Composition' by Cullinan. The final essay, by Buchberg, Markus Gross and Stephan Lohrengal addressing `Materials and Techniques' is fascinating and represents the first systematic examination of the artist's `cutting into colour', or `painting with scissors', to create small ["The Lyre", 1946] and, eventually, very large works. The catalogue also offers a Selected Bibliography, a List of Exhibited Works and an Index.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marek Filipiak on 8 Jun. 2014
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So often the best thing about catalogues to art exhibitions are the illustrations and the essays disappoint as either being too niche or very vague. This dies not apply to this catalogue. The essays are excellent, very readable and enlightening and make a perfect accompaniment to the pictures and to the exhibition. This is one of the best exhibition catalogues I have bought and read.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S Mealing on 2 May 2014
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A great exhibition and an outstanding catalogue. Has many interesting photographs of Matisse at work in his studios and good quality reproductions of the works themselves on good quality paper. Reproductions of the cut-outs sometimes render the areas of colour too even but here you can clearly see the texture of their hand painting. Good value too. I can't recommend it highly enough.
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By T. Satchwell VINE VOICE on 29 Sept. 2014
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I got this after visiting the Exhibition at The Tate....at a bargain price.
This is a beautiful book....with some fantastic choices of illustrations. I guess to really appreciate these pieces...you need to see the size and scale in the flesh... They are stunning.
The book really helped consolidate the visit...and inspired me get the scissors out and start chopping up the paper shapes.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr R TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 May 2014
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It is appropriate to use the world `life-affirming' to describe this catalogue because of the work that it presents and also because it shows an old man, debilitated by surgery, devising a personal atrategy to continue his long-lasting love affair with primary colours. Matisse's development of paper cut-outs, his decoupages, occurred over some 15 years prior to his death, just short of his 85th birthday, in 1954.

This catalogue, accompanying an exhibition at Tate Modern and the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 2014-15, is beautifully organized. Three illustrated essays serve as Introduction, `The Studio as Site and Subject' by the curators, Karl Buchberg, Nicholas Cullinan, Jodi Hauptman and Nicholas Serota, `Inventing a New Operation' by Hauptman and `A Disagreeable Distraction' by Cullinan, followed by a photoessay `In the Studio'.

The central part of the catalogue examines the cut-outs through five complementary illustrated texts, `Avant la letter' and `Game and Endgame', both by Samantha Friedman; `Chapel Factory' by Flavia Frigeri, which considers ceramic panels, mosaics, fabrics and stained glass maquettes; `Bodies and Waves', by Hauptman, and `Chromatic Composition' by Cullinan. The final essay, by Buchberg, Markus Gross and Stephan Lohrengal addressing `Materials and Techniques' is fascinating and represents the first systematic examination of the artist's `cutting into colour', or `painting with scissors', to create small ["The Lyre", 1946] and, eventually, very large works. The catalogue also offers a Selected Bibliography, a List of Exhibited Works and an Index.
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This is a beautiful book - giving plenty of space to show the late works of Matisse and therefore does his work justice. The background information is easy to read. Wonderful book to own and to keep referring to - if only for the visual buzz!
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bought the book before going to the exhibition so that i could learn about the cut-outs before seeing them. i was a little disappointed with the colour reproduction, the pictures did not look as bright as they could be.
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