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Art October, 13 2009

Henri Matisse: Cut Outs, Drawing with Scissors, 2 Volumes

In the later stages of his career Henri Matisse began experimenting with cut-outs. Partly due to the physical restraint of old age, these cut outs were a departure from his painting and lithography, yet still represent a major development in modern art. Dismissed by critics early on, Matisse’s cut-outs are now considered beautiful solutions to the conflict of line and color. This two volume publication includes a perfect facsimile of Matisse’s Jazz, a masterful book of twenty cut-outs with calligraphic text. The second volume contextualizes the cut-out and traces the early interest to its final flowering.

Henri Matisse: Cut Outs, Drawing with Scissors, 2 Volumes is forthcoming from Taschen.

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