The World of Matisse: 1869-1954

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  • Title: The World of Matisse: 1869-1954
  • Author: JohnRussell
  • ISBN: 9780900658693
  • Page: 167
  • Format: Hardcover
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    814 thoughts on “The World of Matisse: 1869-1954

    • These Time-Life World of… books are good for three reasons. First, they alternate two styles of writing. The first chapter is mostly text, the second just images and captions, and so on. It's a good way to cover a lot of ground without being monotonous. The second good thing about the series is that it's not just eponymous biography. The "World of" any artist they name often includes fellow artists, precursors and disciples, as well as some minor history and psychology. The final positive feat [...]

    • I had a better understanding and appreciation for the ushering in the Modern Art movement after reading the life of Henri Matisse. What started out as the "simplification" of painting and breaking down forms into color, his art encouraged a new generation of artists to break down art into new forms and shapes (like Henri's paper-cutouts). Like the Impressionists and Marcel Duchamp, Matisse challenged people to redefine their idea of "what is art?"

    • Beautiful art reproduction gave this book an extra star. This Time-Life series is really remarkable. Most of the books in the series fit the artist's work into their historical period well to add insights into the work. However, this volume spent less time with the history, perhaps because Matisse spanned so many rapidly changing time periods. Just the same, a lot of time was spent almost deifying the artist, which did not add insights into interpreting the artist's creations.

    • This was a good general biography of Henri Matisse, including his influences and friends. I felt the author strayed and spent too much time covering his friends Derian and Vlamnick, detracting from the main subject.

    • Reading about his struggle for simplicity in regards to art, simplified my mind a bit.It's a good book, mentions other artists similar to Matisse, includes some pictures, it's good.

    • A decent cursory look at the life and artwork of Henri Matisse. Apart from a too-often general approach to the artist, the book suffers by placing plates at a great distance from their discussion.

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