The Last Works of Henri Matisse: Large Cut Gouaches

The Last Works of Henri Matisse: Large Cut Gouaches

The Last Works of Henri Matisse: Large Cut Gouaches

The Last Works of Henri Matisse: Large Cut Gouaches

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The exhibition which this book accompanies might be called a sequel to the large Matisse retrospective presented in 1951- 1952,1 when The Museum of Modern Art published not only a catalogue but Alfred H. Barr, Jr.'s monumental and definitive study, Matisse: His Art and His Public. Matisse had already produced a number of his important cut-and-pasted gouache compositions, which were exhibited at that time: Beasts of the Sea, The Thousand and One Nights, eight designs for stained-glass windows and a set of patterns for chasubles for the Chapel of the Rosary of the Dominican Nuns in Vence.2 But Matisse went on with this medium until his death in 1954, varying and developing the technique on a larger and larger scale, imbuing it with a subtlety and depth of meaning which no one had foreseen when he began working on this way. Therefore it has seemed imperative to exhibit this last chapter of his lifework.

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