Henri Matisse Rooms With A View
Henri Matisse: Rooms With A View frames the importance of the window throughout the work of Matisse, from Studio Under the Eaves in 1901 to the Chapel of the Rosary in Vence in the late 1940s. Shirley Neilsen Blum's book, filled with beautiful colour reproductions, is perfect to pair with the Matisse in the Studio exhibition catalogue, contrasting the exterior and interior worlds of the artist., believing that Expression, for me, does not reside in passions bursting from a human face or manifest by violent movement. The entire arrangement of my picture is expressive: the place occupied by the figures the empty spaces around them, the proportions, all of that has its share. Composition is the art of arranging in a decorative manner the diverse elements at the painters' command to express his feelings.
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To own this book is to instantly possess 89 of Matisse’s most delectable works. The quality of the full-page illustrations, with their immaculate reproduction, fine resolution and perfect colour are a joy to study and explore. This book establishes once again the supremacy of fine art book publication over Internet resources … Professor Blum brings to Matisse a clarity and simplicity of language that perfectly complements the paintings
Shirley Neilsen Blum is a renowned art historian, and has taught at the University of Chicago, the University of California at Riverside and the State University of New York at Purchase.
Chapters include The Window: An Icon of Modern Art, The Power of Colour, Decoration and Abstraction, A Return to Naturalism, The Exaltation of Life and The Triumph of the Final Years. The book is completed by a chronology and list of further reading.
192 pages with 129 illustrations.