Item description for Matisse, His Art and His Textiles by Ann Dumas, Remi Labrusse, Hillary Spurling & Dominique Szymusiak...
Overview A lavishly illustrated exploration of the textile works of Henri Matisse, published to coincide with a major international exhibition, considers the artist's relationship with textiles throughout his career, documenting how the art form and its materials significantly impacted many of his key works.
Publishers Description This illustrated book, which includes over 100 works by Matisse together with numerous colourful fabrics, is the catalogue of a groundbreaking exhibition at the Musee Matisse, Le Cateau-Cambresis; the Royal Academy of Arts, London; and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Matisse's relationship with the textiles that surrounded him from his earliest days is revealed here for the first time. Charting how the fabrics he painted became the very fabric of his paintings, the authors examine the ways in which Matisse used what he called his 'working library' of textiles to furnish, order and compose some of the twentieth century's most pioneering works of art.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 10" Height: 11" Weight: 3.4 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2005
Publisher Royal Academy Books
ISBN 1903973465 ISBN13 9781903973462
Availability 0 units.
More About Ann Dumas, Remi Labrusse, Hillary Spurling & Dominique Szymusiak
Anne Robbins is Assistant Curator of 19th-Century Paintings at the National Gallery, London. Ann Dumas, an independent art historian and expert on 19th-century French art, is the author of several books, including "Degas and the Italians in America "(2005).
Reviews - What do customers think about Matisse, His Art and His Textiles?
Art lover Oct 19, 2007
This book is absolutely beautiful. I have always loved and been fascinated by Matisse and his use of textiles and glorious colors in his paintings, and this book gives an excellent background and family history on his use of textiles and his life-long love for fabrics and design, even during times when he was experiencing creative blocks. I keep this beautiful book on my coffee table!
Very Academic May 26, 2007
Well,it isn't easy to write a review that goes cross current to the ones posted here already. I love Matisse,and I sure do relate to his love for fabrics as a source of design inspiration.What the book leaves out is the fact that in the past,before computers, fabrics were designed first as colorful sketches.Matisse simply reversed the process to make paintings. I guess what I dislike about this book is that there is no imaginative presentation of direct links between his collection of fabrics to his own art. It is a very "stuffy" read.I wish I had spent my 60.00 canadian on a fabric website instead... Sorry,folks, Yes,the book is concise,colorful, and very very "presented".I wanted something that was living and breathing between the covers...I did not find this to be inspiring, just preinterpreted, packaged and just to wrapped up in academia for my tastes,I guess.It has a "feel" like the kind of book one can buy in the museam shop,to remind one of something they saw,and was thrilled by.Now,That is a GOOD thing,I do it lots of times! But, to a graduate of an art university,it was like sitting though a lecture and slide show.But,thats the type of book it is,and it does it well.Just not what I was hoping for,Not enough Matisse as the "Material" Boy...,just alot of academia telling me how to look and think about his work.Blah.Matisse was about Imagination,not sitting on his duff hearing about it...but participating in it...
matisse his art and his textiles May 24, 2007
I thought it was a lovely book full of lovely pictures i had not seen before it gives u a real insight into this mans colourful life
A Gorgeous Book Mar 30, 2006
This volume is the catalogue for a truly unusual show co-sponsored by the Royal Academy in London and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. For once, a team of art specialists has put together a Matisse exhibition which is more than a paean to this artist's use of color and a slapped-together collection of pretty pictures. While all of the paintings on display here are quite familiar to audiences as the bulk of them have been included in every Matisse show for the past 15 years, they have been given a new context by presenting them with examples of fabrics (both decorative and dress) from Matisse's personal collection. The offspring of weavers, Matisse possessed an appreciation for pattern and textiles from his earliest years. Fabrics were some of his favorite props, necessary for him to create the orientalist, hothouse atmosphere of the 1920s "Nice period" paintings, the chic calligraphy of his 1930s work, and the simplicity and repetition of his 1940s cut-outs. While the exhibition itself was not a large one, this book has got to be one of the most beautiful catalogues the Metropolitan Museum has ever produced. The stunning design interweaves full-color images of individual textiles with "their" respective paintings...It is a fascinating experience to see the same purple striped turkish robe or peasant blouse transformed into a dazzling pattern on several different models in paintings and drawings separated by years in time. The standard of color reproduction here is exemplary - Matisse's brilliant colors literally jump off of the page and into your eyes! A necessary addition to any art library for the design and quality of illustration alone...
Matisse: His Art and His Textiles Mar 11, 2006
This is a marvelous resource book, especially for fiber artists and those who enjoy reading careful research into specific aspects of an artist's work. It gives detailed information about the influence of textiles on his paintings, including his use of textile techniques: actual textiles from his personal collection as sources for painting Odalisque costumes and background, combining colors, and creating cutouts.