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Matisse and Decoration

Title: Matisse and Decoration
Author: John Klein
Publisher: Yale University Press
Theme: Artist monographs , Decorative arts
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 272
Dimension: 22 x 27 cm
Language: English
Release date: October 2018
ISBN: 9780300135640

Summary:

A brand new look at the extremely beautiful, if underappreciated, later works of one of the most inventive artists of the 20th century

Between 1935 and his death at midcentury, Henri Matisse (1869–1954) undertook many decorative projects and commissions. These include mural paintings, stained glass, ceramic tiles, lead crystal pieces, carpets, tapestries, fashion fabrics, and accessories—work that has received no significant treatment until now. By presenting a wealth of new insights and unpublished material, including from the artist’s own correspondence, John Klein, an internationally acclaimed specialist in the art of Matisse, offers a richer and more balanced view of Matisse’s ambitions and achievements in the often-neglected later phases of his career.

Matisse designed many of these decorations in the innovative—and widely admired—medium of the paper cut-out, whose function and significance Klein reevaluates. Matisse and Decoration also opens a window onto the revival and promotion, following World War II, of traditional French decorative arts as part of France’s renewed sense of cultural preeminence. For the first time, the idea of the decorative in Matisse’s work and the actual decorations he designed for specific settings are integrated in one account, amounting to an understanding of this Fashionrn master’s work that is simultaneously more nuanced and more comprehensive.

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