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Matisse [Hardcover]

Pierre Schneider , Michael Taylor
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26 Nov 1984
Written by a foremost authority on Matisse, this book traces the evolution of his art from the sombre palette of his first works in the 1890s, through his Fauvism, drawings and sculpture, to the dazzling paper cut-outs of his final years. The text is backed by over 900 representative illustrations.


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  • Hardcover: 752 pages
  • Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd (26 Nov 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500091668
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500091661
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 23.9 x 32.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 803,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This mammoth book will be read as long as people are interested in Matisse, which is to say forever."--"The New York Times Book Review"
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bible On Matisse 6 Dec 2002
Format:Hardcover
I noticed that this just came back into print in November 2002, so I wanted to write this review. If you are a fan of Matisse, you should snap up this book. It is an awesome achievement by Mr. Schneider. There is a tremendous amount of biographical data here, as well as a wealth of reproductions- both color and black and white. One caveat, though. This is definitely not for the casual reader! There is a lot of detailed analysis of the paintings included- such things as Matisse's theories on the uses of color and shape; the tremendous amount of work and thought that went into each work in order to create color harmony and a balance of all the pictorial elements, etc. Mr. Schneider respects the reader, so some of this stuff can be a real challenge. But I found it very worthwhile. Matisse's paintings are deceptive for the layperson. They seem soothing and simple. Well, after reading this wonderful book you will still find the paintings to be soothing, but when you realize what went into the process of creating them you will never again think of them as being simple! This is one of those rare books that opens your eyes and makes you look at something in a completely new way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Bible On Matisse 4 Oct 2002
By Bruce Loveitt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I noticed that this is coming back into print in November 2002, so I figured I'd write this review. If you are a fan of Matisse, you should snap up this book. It is an awesome achievement by Mr. Schneider. There is a tremendous amount of biographical data here, as well as a wealth of reproductions- both color and black and white. One caveat, though. This is definitely not for the casual reader! There is a lot of detailed analysis of the paintings included- such things as Matisse's theories on the use of color and shape; the tremendous amount of work and thought that went into each work in order to create color harmony and a balance of all the pictorial elements, etc. Mr. Schneider respects the reader, so some of this stuff can be a real challenge! But I found it very worthwhile! Matisse's paintings are deceptive, at least to the layperson. They seem soothing and simple. Well, I can promise you that after reading this wonderful book you may still find the paintings soothing, but when you realize what went into the process of creating them you will never again think of them as being simple! This is one of those rare books that opens your eyes and makes you look at something in a completely new way.Reviewer Note: Please be aware that the book I am reviewing is the over 700 page book written by Pierre Schneider, NOT the much shorter book written by Mr. Jacobus and only translated by Mr. Schneider!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A landmark 21 Aug 2010
By Reich Claude - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
There are some artbooks that can be considered landmarks of the genre and this is one such book. In 1986, Pierre Schneider, a respected French art critic for the French weekly L'Express, published this most important book on the greatest French painter of the XXth century and, in my opinion, it has not been equalled ever since. From the introduction (which is an in-depth study of the 1911 painting "The Conversation") to the last chapter centered on the late cut-outs, we are treated to a genuine firework of brilliant insight and marvelous reproductions. Every major work is analysed thoroughly and Matisse's life is followed with a host of erudite details (such as parallels drawn between Matisse's art and Proust's writings or Mallarmé's poetry)and all this makes this book not only a pleasure for the eye but also a great read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 8 Feb 2014
By Hugh F. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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does mention some about how Nietzsche affected the "Dance'. excellent review of some of Matisse's own thinking. this is enough.
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