Matisse (World of Art)

Matisse (World of Art)

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In this richly illustrated study, Lawrence Gowing takes us through Matisse's career, assessing the lifetime of arduous labor that culminated in the apparent spontaneity of his color and ease of his imagery, and in the formidable intelligence of his compositions. The detailed discussion of individual works reveals the subtlety and complexity of one of the greatest masters of our time. 191 illus., 32 in color

More than 120 articles are presented in a year-by-year structure, with each focusing on a crucial event—from the creation of a seminal work to the opening of a major exhibition—to tell the myriad stories of art from 1900 to the present. Key turning points and breakthroughs in modernism are explored, as are the antimodernist reactions that proposed alternative visions of art and the world. The book's flexible structure and extensive cross-referencing allow readers to follow the many developments in the art world, from the influence of surrealism to the emergence of minimalism. A four-part introduction outlines the methodologies governing the discipline of art history, and two roundtable discussions examine the questions raised by the past while looking ahead to the futur
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