Matisse in the 1930s (Hardcover)

Matisse in the 1930s By Matthew Affron, Cécile Debray, Claudine Grammont Cover Image

Matisse in the 1930s (Hardcover)


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The first in-depth examination of Matisse’s work in the 1930s, a key decade of creative innovation and renewal for this celebrated artist

In 1930, as Henri Matisse (1869–1954) embarked on The Dance, a monumental mural commissioned by the American collector Albert C. Barnes, he began experimenting in ways that would permanently change the nature of his work. The use of pre-painted cut papers to lay out his compositions led to a new style of flat tones and bold shapes. He also increasingly used serial imagery to make visible his creative process, aiming to capture the flux of his own perceptions and emotions in the work of art.
This volume highlights and explains pivotal transformations in Matisse’s work in the 1930s across a range of media, including mural and easel painting, sculpture, printmaking, drawing, and the illustrated book. The transatlantic contributors also look at the relationship between Matisse and the Parisian art journal Cahiers d’art, which played an outsized role in publicizing Matisse’s work during this period, and consider his exhibitions, his ongoing involvement with decorative painting, his studio as a creative laboratory, and the role of his model and muse Lydia Delectorskaya in his studio practice.

Published in association with the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Musées d’Orsay et de l’Orangerie

Exhibition Schedule:

Philadelphia Museum of Art
(October 20, 2022–January 29, 2023)

Musée de l’Orangerie, Paris
(February 28–May 29, 2023)

Musée Matisse, Nice
(June 23–September 24, 2023)
Matthew Affron is the Muriel and Philip Berman Curator of Modern Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Cécile Debray is director of the Musée National Picasso—Paris. Claudine Grammont is director of the Musée Matisse in Nice.
Product Details ISBN: 9780876332993
ISBN-10: 0876332998
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication Date: October 25th, 2022
Pages: 256
Language: English
“Important. . . . A substantial publication that contributes a great deal to our knowledge of the artist.”—H-France Review